BookTalkUNA presents: The Internationalists How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

UNA-New York Chapter

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Please join us for a discussion with authors:

Professor of International Law, Yale Law School 

Professor of Law and Philosophy, Yale Law School

Where and When


Cultural Services of the French Embassy

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Tuesday | December 5, 2017

6:00 p.m. | Registration
6:30 p.m. | Program and Book Signing
7:30 p.m. | Reception





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About the book: 
THE INTERNATIONALISTS is a bold and provocative history
of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked
treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative
events in modern history

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, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was 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 that 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, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals—Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships.

In their book, authors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro examine with renewed appreciation an international system that has outlawed wars of aggression and brought unprecedented stability to the world map. Accessible and gripping, The Internationalists will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century.

We invite you to join us tonight for an evening with the authors for a discussion of their book, as well as highlighting how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible.

In addition, François Delattre, the Ambassador of France to the United Nations, will appear to offer his warm welcome.

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