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Understanding International Law 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:
9781405197649
Author:
Henderson, Conway W.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
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:
International law
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091215
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
486
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 36 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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