The Perestroika Era and International Law

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The Perestroika Era and International Law

9781035337743 Edward Elgar Publishing
Kaj Hobér, Professor Emeritus of International Investment and Trade Law and Fellow, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University, Sweden
Publication Date: December 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 774 3 Extent: c 288 pp
This insightful book explores the Perestroika era (1985-1991), considered to be one of the most eventful periods in modern history, and in particular the ways in which it affected the Soviet approach to international law.

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This insightful book explores the Perestroika era (1985-1991), considered to be one of the most eventful periods in modern history, and in particular the ways in which it affected the Soviet approach to international law.

After assessing the reforms introduced by the Perestroika era, Kaj Hobér outlines the concept of ‘The New Thinking’ and its impact on Soviet international law as the guiding principle for the reorientation of Soviet foreign policy. The book examines specific aspects of public international law during this period, namely key sources of international law, peaceful coexistence, the use of force, border disputes, human rights approaches and foreign economic relations, as well as the dissolution of the USSR. Hobér argues that the Perestroika period represents a watershed in the Soviet approach to international law, and that the events continue to cast their shadow over Russia’s legal, political and sociocultural developments today.

The Perestroika Era and International Law is a valuable resource for scholars specialising in public international law, legal history and foreign relations. Its analysis of the interrelation between Soviet international law, foreign policy and sociocultural policy will also be of interest to those working in foreign relations and politics and public policy.

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‘This book is written in an accessible manner and contains not only the story of perestroika and international law in its different facets but also its prestory during the Cold War, concerning international law and the Soviet Union. Different areas of international law such as theory of international law, use of force, human rights, border disputes and foreign economic relations are addressed in the book. The appendices contain relevant documents and help to illuminate the narrative.’
– Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu, Estonia

‘The most comprehensive and thorough analysis of international law in relation to Gorbachev’s reforms, paving the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union.’
– Rein Müllerson, formerly Tallinn University, Estonia and King’s College London, UK
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