A Gateway Between a Distant God and a Cruel World: The Contribution of Jewish German-Speaking Scholars to International Law

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Oct 19, 2012 - Law - 397 pages
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Through a collective biographical methodology of four scholars (Hans Kelsen, Hans J. Morgenthau, Hersch Lauterpacht and Erich Kaufmann) this book investigates how Jewish identity and intellectual ties to Judaic civilisation in the German speaking and legal context influenced international law. By using biblical constitutive metaphors, it argues that Jewish German lawyers inherited, inter alia , a particular Jewish legal approach that 'made' their understanding of the law as a means to reach God. The overarching argument is that because of their Jewish heritage, Jewish scholars inherited the endorsement of earthly particularism for the sake of universalism and the other way around: for the sake of universalism, humanity's differences need to be solved through the law.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Historical Background
43
3 Jews Universities and International Law
85
4 First Steps towards Jewish Gateways to God in International Law
129
Background Career Intellectual Seasons and Judaic Affiliations
157
6 The Gateways to God of the Dramatis Personae
203
7 Ascertaining the Gateways to God First Illustration
267
8 Ascertaining the Gateways to God Second Illustration
303
9 Conclusions
353
Bibliography
359
Index
385
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Reut Yael Paz, Ph.D. (2009) in international law/politics. Paz has conducted her research on the Jewish question within the international legal framework at the University of Helsinki, Bar Ilan University (Israel) and at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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