14 December 2020

BOOK: Peter HILPOLD, European International Law Traditions (Cham: Springer, 2020). ISBN 978-3-030-52027-4, 135.19 EUR


(Source: Springer)

Springer is publishing a book on European international law traditions.


International Law is usually considered, at least initially, to be a unitary legal order that is not subject to different national approaches. Ex definition it should be an order that transcends the national, and one that merges national perspectives into a higher understanding of law. It gains broad recognition precisely because it gives expression to a common consensus transcending national positions.

The reality, however, is quite different. Individual countries’ approaches to International Law, and the meanings attached to different concepts, often diverge considerably. The result is a lack of comprehension that can ultimately lead to outright conflicts.

In this book, several renowned international lawyers engage in an enquiry directed at sorting out how different European nations have contributed to the development of International Law, and how various national approaches to International Law differ. In doing so, their goal is to promote a better understanding of theory and practice in International Law.



Dr. Peter Hilpold is Professor of International Law, EU Law and Public Comparative Law at the University of Innsbruck. He holds several University degrees (law, economics, industrial management, languages) and has been granted a series of academic awards. He is a co-editor of the journal “Europa Ethnica” and a member of the Editorial Board of the “Austrian Review of International and European Law”. Futhermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the “Hague Yearbook of International Law” as well as of the journal “Diritti Umani e Diritto Internazionale”. He is also a permanent collaborator of the journal “Archiv des Völkerrecht” and the author of over 250 publications.


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