International Law: Does it Make a Difference in the World?

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International law: does it make a difference in the world?
Introduction
It is often asked whether or not international law really makes much of a difference in the world; in essence, does the law stop bad people and rogue states from doing bad things? Beyond that, why do states obey or disobey international law? The view of this paper is that people are naturally self-interested and that states are naturally self-interested, too; indeed, states will only do the right thing if they know that the rest of the world will act militarily if need be. The law, in and of itself, does not compel states to do what is right if the states do not believe that international law has binding military force behind it. A good example of where states have...
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