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Understanding International Law

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Publisher Comments:

Understanding International Law introduces students to the various aspects of international law and especially its relationship with global politics. Utilizing an approach that carefully balances politics and law, the book reflects on their interdependency and places an emphasis on an evolving international society largely structured by the rules of international law.

All of the major facets of international law are addressed, with topics including: the philosophical origins of international law; its sources, efficacy, and jurisdiction; diplomacy and arms limitations; international crimes and atrocities; human rights; non-state actors; environmental considerations; as well as reflections on the future of international law. Of particular value to students of politics and international relations, readers benefit from the author's expertise in Political Science and International Law – as well as his thirty-five years of experience in presenting complex subject matter in a lively and accessible manner. The book contains enhanced pedagogy as well as a specially created companion website (www.wiley.com/go/internationallaw) providing students with additional resources to aid their learning, including links to case studies.

Synopsis:

Understanding International Law presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the various aspects of international law while addressing its interrelationship with world politics.
  • Presents well-organized, balanced coverage of all aspects of international law
  • Features an accompanying website with direct access to court cases and study and discussion questions.  Visit the site at: www.wiley.com/go/internationallaw
  • Includes discussion of the efficacy of international law, a topic unique among international law texts
  • Offers discussion of other topics that most texts do not address, such as complete chapters on making the world safer, human rights, the environment, and the world economy

About the Author

"Henderson seeks to provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field of international law. Addressing its interrelationship with world politics, the text also features chapters on topics such as making the world safer, human rights, the environment and the world economy." (Times Higher Education, November 2010)

Table of Contents

List of Boxes.

Preface.

List of Abbreviations.

Part I Making the World More Lawful.

1 The Rise of International Law.

The Nature of International Law.

The Roles of International Law.

The Early Beginnings of International Law.

Dueling Philosophies.

Contending Modern Approaches.

Operating Conditions: What Helps and What Hinders?

Chapter Summary.

2 A World of Actors: A Question of Legal Standing.

Actors.

The State.

International Government Organizations.

Non-government Organizations.

Multinational Corporations.

Individuals.

Insurgents.

Ethnic Groups.

Terrorists.

Mercenaries and Private Military Companies.

Domestic Actors.

Chapter Summary.

3 The Sources of International Law: Creating Law without Government.

Customary Law.

Treaty Law.

The Role of Principles.

Judges and Publicists.

Other Sources.

The Scope of International Law.

Chapter Summary.

4 The Efficacy of International Law.

Legislating International Law.

Enforcing International Law.

Adjudicating International Law.

The Incorporation of International Law.

Can There Be a Future World Government?

Chapter Summary.

5 Jurisdiction: Domain over Places and Persons.

Territorial Jurisdiction.

Law of the Sea.

Airspace.

Outer Space.

Satellites.

The Polar Regions.

Nationality.

Dual Nationality.

Alien Status.

Sovereign Immunity and Act of State.

Extraterritoriality.

Extradition.

Chapter Summary.

Part II Making the World Safer.

6 Diplomacy in Pursuit of Peace.

A Brief History of Diplomacy.

The Rules of Diplomacy for States.

Two Special Issues concerning Embassies.

Rules for the Consular Relations of States.

The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes.

The Operating Conditions of Diplomacy.

The Rules of Diplomacy for IGOs.

The Special Case of the UN.

Chapter Summary.

7 Arms Limitations for a Less Violent World.

A Brief History of Arms Limitations.

Objectives of Arms Limitations.

Obstacles to Arms Limitations.

The Nuclear Regime.

The Biological Weapons Regime.

The Chemical Weapons Regime.

The Missile Control Regime.

The Conventional Weapons Regime.

Chapter Summary.

8 Law to Constrain Force.

A Brief History of the Laws Governing Force.

Evolution to UN Law.

Aggression.

Self-defense.

Self-defense in an Age of Terrorism.

Intervention.

Peacekeeping.

Today’s Salient Issues concerning the Laws of War.

Chapter Summary.

9 Core International Crimes: Atrocities That Shock the Conscience of Humankind.

A Brief History of Core International Crimes.

Crimes Against Peace.

Crimes against Humanity.

Genocide.

The Most Notorious Episodes of Genocide.

Special Dimensions of Genocide.

War Crimes.

The Contributions of International Tribunals.

Chapter Summary.

Part III Making the World Better.

10 Human Rights: Freedom and Protection for Humankind.

A Brief History of the Human Rights Movement.

Civil and Political Rights.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

Group Rights.

A Human Rights Frontier?

Human Rights Regimes.

The Role of Non-state Actors.

Chapter Summary.

11 The Global Environment in Jeopardy.

A Brief History of Environmental Developments.

Atmosphere.

Water.

Soil.

Forests.

Wildlife.

The Environment and Human Rights.

Environmental Governance.

Chapter Summary.

12 Rules for Sharing the World's Wealth.

A Brief History of Economic Relations.

Governance from the North.

Standardizing the Global Economy.

Intellectual Property Rights.

Commercial Arbitration.

Globalism versus Regionalism.

Governance of the South.

Four Economic Flows in the North–South Relationship.

Counter-productive Issues for the Global Economy: Organized Crime, Corruption, and the Pursuit of Non-economic Goals.

Chapter Summary.

Part IV Making the Future.

13 The Problems and Prospects of International Law.

Glossary of Terms.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405197656
Author:
Henderson, Conway W
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Henderson, Conway W.
Subject:
International law
Subject:
International
Subject:
international law, diplomacy, human rights, war crimes, UN, global environment, global politics, international relations, distribution of wealth, arms control, jurisdiction, atrocities
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
International Relations
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions
Publication Date:
20100209
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Understanding International Law presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the various aspects of international law while addressing its interrelationship with world politics.
  • Presents well-organized, balanced coverage of all aspects of international law
  • Features an accompanying website with direct access to court cases and study and discussion questions.  Visit the site at: www.wiley.com/go/internationallaw
  • Includes discussion of the efficacy of international law, a topic unique among international law texts
  • Offers discussion of other topics that most texts do not address, such as complete chapters on making the world safer, human rights, the environment, and the world economy
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