International Law: A Critical Introduction

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A&C Black, 18 jul. 2014 - 286 páginas
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This book provides a critical introduction to the concepts, principles and rules of international law through a consideration of contemporary international events. It provides ways of considering the relevance of international law to particular disputes and also an appreciation of both the possibilities and limitations of legal method in international disputes. This in turn necessitates an examination of the relationship between international law and power. Thus rather than studying international law as a system of rules that purports to govern, or at least constrain, the international community, this book considers the actual effects of international law upon international disagreements.

Such an approach will be sceptical rather than cynical, intending to provide the means by which the role of international law may be evaluated. This entails discussion of the legal quality of international law; of the relationship between the academic disciplines of international law and international relations; of the apparent 'Eurocentricity' of international law, and of the relationship between political power and the ability to use or abuse (or ignore) international law.

Underlying the book is the assertion that international law is political in content (in the sense of being concerned with the exercise of power) but that it draws much of its effectiveness from its self-portrayal as being apolitical, or at least politically neutral.
 

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Table of Cases
Introduction
The Distinctive Nature of International
Whyis it Necessaryto Identify the Sources
Selfdetermination and Territory in International
Treaties and StateResponsibility I Introduction II The Law of Treaties A The Formationand Formalities ofTreaties B Reservations toTreaties C The Va...
The United Nations theUN Charter and International
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The Peaceful SettlementofDisputes in International
Conclusion 8 Use of Force in International Law I Introduction
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Conclusion
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Wade Mansell is Professor of International Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Karen Openshaw holds a PhD in Public International Law from the University of Kent, as well as a Post-graduate diploma in international law and international relations. Previously, she practised as a solicitor for a number of years.

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