In 1985, in a book entitled World Politics and International Law, Francis Boyle delivered a caustic critique of the work of international legal scholars: "contemporary public international lawyers have developed a highly formalistic and exclusively technical international legal positivist approach to international relations." Wholly concerned with questions of legality, they have neglected both "the great issues of American foreign policy and world affairs" and the theoretical study of international relations.
Kenneth W. Abbott,
Modem International Relations Theory: A Prospectus for International Lawyers,
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