The resulting new classical theory demonstrates that international laws power or authority is explained by the same theory that explains the authority of law within nations international law has authority because it is widely accepted as law. The world needs an accurate account of the important role of international law and the power and purpose of international law seeks to provide it mary ellen oconnell explains the purpose of international law and the power it has to achieve that purpose. The world is poised for another important transition the united states is dealing with the impact of the afghan and iraq wars the use of torture and secret detention guantanamo climate change nuclear proliferation weakened international institutions and other issues related directly or indirectly to international law. The power and purpose of international law mary ellen oconnell discusses numerous significant world issues including torture terrorism war climate change human rights atrocities nuclear proliferation and other major challenges in the light of international law
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