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Douglas M. Johnston: Postscript For A Polymath

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The Historical Foundations of World Order: The Tower and the Arena is long - 844 pages, not including the index - but a reading of this seminal work will leave the reader limp with the sheer audacity and astounding breadth of the mind and vision of Douglas Millar Johnston. To have a history of international law written at the start of the 21st century is rare enough. To have one written by a polymath like Douglas is a gift from the gods. As Douglas properly notes in his Introduction, histories of international law are not thick on the ground in the 21st century, and most of the histories that are gathering dust on law library shelves around the world verge on the unreadable. One of the key challenges facing the future of international law is that of managing the Arctic region of Spaceship Earth, a favourite subject of Douglass.

Keywords: Douglas Millar Johnston; international law

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