Linarelli Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Visiting Professor Linarelli Wins Prestigious Book Prize


Touro Law Center is pleased to announce that Visiting Professor John Linarelli, along with co-authors Margot Salomon and Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah, are joint recipients of the prestigious 2019 European Society of International Law (ESIL) Book Prize for “The Misery of International Law: Conformations with Injustice in the Global Economy.” This year the prize was jointly awarded to Dr. Alejandro Rodiles for his book “Coalitions of the Willing and International Law”.


The ESIL Annual Book Prize is awarded at the ESIL Annual Conference, held in Athens, Greece this year, for an outstanding published work in the field of international law. The ESIL Book Prize jury evaluated a wide range of books published in 2018 submitted for consideration by leading international law publishers.  The award is presented in line with the Society’s goals of encouraging high-level scholarship and promoting a greater awareness and understanding of international law.


Linarelli’sbook examines the role of international law in constituting and sustaining injustice in the international economic order.  While offering a synthesis of approaches to exploring the pathologies across the international legal regimes of trade, investment, and finance combining insights from radical critiques, political philosophy, history, and critical studies, it also explores ways in which international human rights law works against its own aims in reproducing the underlying terms of socio-economic immiseration.


Touro Law’s faculty are actively engaged in research, making noteworthy contributions to legal scholarship and law reform. They bring talent and experience to the classroom as well as a genuine passion for teaching. In addition, they are uniquely dedicated to the success of the Touro Law student body – priding themselves on accessibility while creating an open and cooperative learning environment that is dynamic and enriching. 


Here is what others are saying about the book:


“This an important and compelling book that is necessary reading for all international lawyers ... The various chapters provide a rich account of different doctrinal areas of international law and demonstrate clearly the authors' expertise across a range of specialist fields."
-- Julia Dehm, Melbourne Journal of International Law

"Essential reading for scholars of international law and for everyone else who wants to understand the size and nature of the slippage between law and justice in the global order."
-- Fiona Macmillan, Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London

"The Misery of International Law is a work for the ages. Aptly titled, this uniquely insightful and tremendously well researched book is the quintessential work of the intellect...They deftly, and convincingly, take down the fictions and contradictions of a scandalous international legal order. They show not only the inability of human rights to effectively confront economic powerlessness, but how instead it buttresses the same injustices. Their scholarship stands in the rarefied pantheon of the most illuminating international legal scholarship I have read to date. . . . I am confident that The Misery of International Law will become a standard by which critical international legal scholarship will be measured."
Makau Mutua, SUNY Distinguished Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York

"The Misery of International Law will change the terms of debates about international economic law."
Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM, Melbourne Laureate Professor at Melbourne Law School, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University

"A thoughtful, passionate and deeply engaging book that successfully unites radical and liberal critiques of international law into a powerful and unified call for economic justice. The authors pull no punches and deliver a sharply critical yet ultimately constructive account of international economic law, while embodying the kind of pluralist approach essential in any 21st century treatment of global justice. Linarelli, Salomon and Sornarajah help us understand just how far we have yet to go towards basic economic fairness on a global scale, and international laws complicity in this state of affairs. The authors paint a challenging and sobering picture, but if we are serious about working towards a better world, this is where we must begin. A necessary and welcome book."
Frank J. Garcia, Professor and Deans Global Fund Scholar, Boston College Law School

"A more sustained philosophical and pragmatic critique of global capital is hard to come by; this work needs to be read by all to understand what alternatives look like, particularly in the advancing Anthropocene."
Upendra Baxi, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick and Distinguished Professor of Law, NLUD, Delhi


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