Understanding International Law

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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

Author Biography

Conway W. Henderson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science who has taught courses in International Relations and International Law for more than three decades.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes
List of Abbreviations
Making the World More Lawful:
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
A World of Actors: A Question of Legal Standing
The State
International Government Organizations
Non-government Organizations
Multinational Corporations
Ethnic Groups
Mercenaries and Private Military Companies
Domestic Actors
Chapter Summary
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
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
Jurisdiction: Domain over Places and Persons
Territorial Jurisdiction
Law of the Sea
Outer Space
The Polar Regions
Dual Nationality
Alien Status
Sovereign Immunity and Act of State
Chapter Summary
Making the World Safer:
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
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
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
Chapter Summary
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
War Crimes
The Contributions of International Tribunals
Chapter Summary
Making the World Better:
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
The Global Environment in Jeopardy
A Brief History of Environmental Developments
The Environment and Human Rights
Environmental Governance
Chapter Summary
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
Making the Future:
The Problems and Prospects of International Law
Glossary of Terms
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