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Understanding International Lawby Conway W. Henderson
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Understanding International Law presents a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the various aspects of international law while addressing its interrelationship with world politics.
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"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.
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.
Contending Modern Approaches.
Operating Conditions: What Helps and What Hinders?
2 A World of Actors: A Question of Legal Standing.
International Government Organizations.
Mercenaries and Private Military Companies.
3 The Sources of International Law: Creating Law without Government.
The Role of Principles.
Judges and Publicists.
The Scope of International Law.
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?
5 Jurisdiction: Domain over Places and Persons.
Law of the Sea.
The Polar Regions.
Sovereign Immunity and Act of State.
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.
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.
8 Law to Constrain Force.
A Brief History of the Laws Governing Force.
Evolution to UN Law.
Self-defense in an Age of Terrorism.
Today’s Salient Issues concerning the Laws of War.
9 Core International Crimes: Atrocities That Shock the Conscience of Humankind.
A Brief History of Core International Crimes.
Crimes Against Peace.
Crimes against Humanity.
The Most Notorious Episodes of Genocide.
Special Dimensions of Genocide.
The Contributions of International Tribunals.
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.
A Human Rights Frontier?
Human Rights Regimes.
The Role of Non-state Actors.
11 The Global Environment in Jeopardy.
A Brief History of Environmental Developments.
The Environment and Human Rights.
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.
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.
Part IV Making the Future.
13 The Problems and Prospects of International Law.
Glossary of Terms.
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