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International Law: Cases and Materials

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ISBN13: 9780195516487
ISBN: 0195516486
Published: November 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



International Law: Cases and Materials fills the gap in current international law casebooks by introducing students to all relevant international materials together with materials most relevant to Australian international lawyers. While international in scope, the text provides a sustained focus on Australia’s place in the international community and Australian perspectives on international legal affairs.

The text opens with two fundamental chapters that introduce students to the basic nature of the international legal system and serve as building blocks for the rest of the book. The coverage of the first chapter includes an introduction to fundamental concepts, state and non-state actors, the criteria for statehood and the role of recognition, jurisdiction and immunity, and the principles concerning acquisition of state territory. The second chapter opens with the settlement of international disputes in order to subsequently highlight, in context, the sources of international law and the principles of state responsibility. Having thus laid the groundwork, the law of treaties and the relationship between international and domestic law are then examined in separate chapters. Finally, four more specialised areas of law are covered in depth: the use of force, international trade law, the protection of human rights, and international environmental law.

This book takes a more integrated approach to international law than other texts. The authors have taken the best from both international and Australian writings to complement the primary materials that are included in the text. The extensive use of contextual material and clear and concise commentary, linked together by critical analysis, case studies, notes, and problems, provokes thought and discussion and provides a solid basis for an understanding of international law.

  • Comprehensive and integrated coverage of all of the main areas of international law

  • The organisation of the text is such that it will fit a semester-long course. It introduces students to the nuts and bolts of international law in an integrated way

  • Case studies with a specific Australian focus

  • Up-to-date discussion of major international law issues, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq (chapter 5), the International Law Commission’s ongoing work on the law of treaties (chapter 3), examples of the growing relevance of international law in Australia (chapter 4), especially international human rights (chapter 7), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (chapter 8), and developing WTO jurisprudence (chapter 6)

  • Designed to engage and excite students of international law

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Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Nature, System, Actors
Settlement of Disputes, Sources of Law and Responsibility
Treaties
The Relationship between International Law and Municipal Law
The Use of Force
International Trade Law
The Protection of Human Rights
Foundations, Development and Principles of International Environmental Law