02 September 2019

BOOK: James Benjamin LOEFFLER and Moria PAZ, The Law of Strangers Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781107140417, $ 110.00

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press has published a new edited collection dealing with biographies of important Jewish scholars for 20th century international law.


From the Nuremberg Trials to contemporary human rights, Jews have long played prominent roles in the making of international law. But the actual ties between Jewish heritage and legal thought remain a subject of mystery and conjecture even among specialists. This volume of biographical studies takes a unique interdisciplinary approach, pairing historians and legal scholars to explore how the Jewish identities and experiences shaped their legal thought and activism. Using newly-discovered sources and sophisticated interpretative methods, this book offers an alternative history of twentieth-century international legal profession - and a new model to the emerging field of international legal biography.

Presents engaging biographical case studies that expand knowledge of key historical figures while contributing to larger questions about Jews and law

Engages legal specialists, historians, and other scholars interested in the questions of religion, ethnicity, politics, and international law

Illuminates the state of the field, and the emerging new directions in legal history, international law, and society studies


James LoefflerUniversity of Virginia
James Loeffler is Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia and former Dean's Visiting Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (2018).

Moria PazStanford University, California
Moria Paz is a Fellow at the Law School, Stanford University, California and the Center for National Security and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Network or State?: International Law and the History of Jewish Self-Determination.


1. Introduction: the law of strangers James Loeffler and Moria Paz
Part I. Hersch Zvi Lauterpacht:
2. The 'natural right of the Jewish people': Zionism, international law, and the paradox of Hersch Lauterpacht James Loeffler
3. A closet positivist: Lauterpacht between law and diplomacy Martti Koskeniemmi
Part II. Hans Kelsen:
4. Assimilation through law: Hans Kelsen and the Jewish experience Eliav Lieblich
5. Philosophy beyond historicism: reflections on Hans Kelsen and the Jewish experience Leora Batnitzky
Part III. Louis Henkin:
6. Louis Henkin, human rights, and American-Jewish constitutional patriotism Samuel Moyn
7. Louis Henkin and the genealogy of Jewish/American liberalism William Forbath
Part IV. Egon Schwelb:
8. Egon Schwelb and the human rights legal activism within borders Mira Siegelberg
9. 'Emotional restraint' as legalist internationalism: Egon Schwelb's liberalism after the fall Umut Özsu
Part V. René Cassin:
10. A most inglorious right: René Cassin, freedom of movement, Jews and Palestinians Moria Paz
11. There's no place like home: domicile, René Cassin, and the Aporias of modern international law Nathaniel Berman
Part VI. Shabtai Rosenne:
12. Shabtai Rosenne: the transformation of Sefton Rowson Rotem Giladi
13. Shabtai Rosenne: a personal aspect Philippe Sands
Part VII. Julius Stone:
14. Enablement and constraint: Julius Stone and the contradictions of the sociological path to international law Jacqueline Mowbray
15. An axionormative dissenter: reflections on Julius Stone David N. Myers

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