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On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, was illegal. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade, the entire world was back at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that this understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day.

The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present. It details the brutal world of conflict the Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs took the place of tanks. Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century—and how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible.


OONA A. HATHAWAY is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and the Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges.

SCOTT J. SHAPIRO is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School, Visiting Quain Professor at University College, London, and the Director of the Center for Law and Philosophy.


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  1. From the very first free trade agreement brought forward by the venerable “John Dee” who termed the frase; all such treaties have been made entirely without the peoples consent, as was the American Declaration of Indipendence made behind closed doors without windows, never have the people had any choice or say in Geopolitics. Our aquiescence is our achilles heel.

  2. Phillip Clarke says:

    From Hansard:


    Conflict Prevention: Treaties

    Steve Baker: To ask the Attorney-General if he will make an assessment of whether the General Treaty for Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy remains binding on the UK. [179950]

    The Solicitor-General: I am advised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy (also known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact) remains in force and that the United Kingdom remains a party.

    16 Dec 2013 : Column 483W

    1. Ben Griffin says:

      It can be argued that war has already been abolished, the issue is one of enforcing the existing treaties.

      1. Garry H says:

        It’s human nature that can not be abolaihed, Ben!

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