In The Limits of International Law, Goldsmith and Posner argue that international law matters, but that it is less powerful than public officials, legal experts, and the media believe. International law, they contend, is simply a product of states pursuing their interests on the international stage.
Jack L. Goldsmith is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard University. He is co-author of Who Controls the Internet? and the casebooks Foreign Relations Law and Conflicts of Laws. Eric A. Posner is Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago. He is the co-author of Terror in the Balance and the editor of the Journal of Legal Studies.