Cinematic perspectives on international law

Edited by Olivier Corten, Francois Dubuisson and Martyna Falkowska-Clarys

Cinematic perspectives on international law


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4991-6
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: April 2021
  • BIC Category: International law, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, The arts / Films, cinema, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, Society & social sciences / United Nations & UN agencies, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Law / International law, International Relations, European Politics, Politics, LAW / International, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers
  • Series: Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law


Why are constitutionalist ideals so prominent in science fiction? Does Independence Day depict self-defence as a legal concept with absolute limits? Is international law lost in space?

This innovative interdisciplinary volume represents the first exploration of the relationship between international law and cinema. From Star Wars to Werner Herzog, The Godfather to The West Wing, this book uncovers a diverse range of representations of international law and its norms in film and television. Examining the wider links between international law, cinema, and ideology, the contributions not only examine visual representations of international law, but they offer an essential insight into the functions fulfilled by these cinematic representations.

Providing an extraordinary introduction to a variety of perspectives on core international legal questions, Cinematic perspectives on international law extends a valuable methodology by which international lawyers can critique the depiction of international law in film.


1 International law on the screen: determining the methodology - Olivier Corten and François Dubuisson
2 International law, guardian of the galaxy? - Marco Benatar
3 Interspecies relations in science fiction movies and human international law - Vincent Chapaux
4 The UN Charter in action movies - Olivier Corten
5 The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a cinematic saga - François Dubuisson
6 Is cinema the handmaid of international criminal justice? - Anne Lagerwall
7 The fog of law in the fog of war: international humanitarian law in war movies - Martyna Falkowska-Clarys and Vaios Koutroulis
8 Science fiction cinema and the nature of international law - Nicolas Kang-Riou
9 War on film: gender trouble in Siddiq Barmak's Osama - Gabrielle Simm
10 Shut the fuck up, Suarez! Necroethics and rights in a world of shit - Mario Prost
11 Presentations and representations of international law in films and TV series - Serge Sur
12 Cine-legality: international law at the movies - Gerry Simpson



Olivier Corten is Professor of International Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles

François Dubuisson is Professor of International Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Martyna Falkowska-Clarys is an attaché at the Belgian Judicial Training Institute

Cinematic perspectives on international law

Edited by Olivier Corten, Francois Dubuisson, Martyna Falkowska-Clarys

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