The basics of international law

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By Math Noortmann and Luke D Graham

The basics of international law
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6891-7
    • Pages: 200
    • Price: £13.99
    • Published Date: December 2022


    From the UK government's Brexit Bill, to China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, violations of international law have made headlines across the world in recent years. This book offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to the essential rules and facts of international law, explaining what international law is and how it shapes the world around us.

    Graham and Noortmann provide specific examples to contextualise key concepts in international law, directing readers to a range of further sources to supplement their reading. Topics range from the place of international law in the national legal order, the United Nations and other global international organisations, international human rights, and international environmental law.

    An essential quick reference text for students and practitioners of international law.


    I Introduction
    1 Definition of public international law
    2 The legal nature of public international law
    3 Historical developments
    4 Natural law and positivism
    5 Alternative approaches
    6 Sub-areas of international law
    7 Adjacent legal fields
    8 The nation state and international law

    II The place of international law in the national legal order
    9 Direct effect
    10 Monism and dualism
    11 Monism and dualism in practice
    12 Rules of international law having direct or indirect effect
    13 National government bodies and international law

    III Subjects of international law
    14 International legal personality
    15 Forms of international legal personality
    16 States
    17 Recognition
    18 Intergovernmental organisations
    19 Liberation movements
    20 New forms of international legal personality

    IV Sources of public international law
    21 The sources of international law
    22 Treaties
    23 Customary International Law
    24 Decisions of international organisations
    25 Other sources of law
    26 The relationship between international sources of law and legal rules

    V Treaty law
    27 Sources of treaty law
    28 The entry into force of treaties
    29 Reservations
    30 Interpretation of treaties
    31 The validity and effect of treaties
    32 State succession
    33 National law and the entry into force of treaties

    VI Jurisdiction
    34 Definition of jurisdiction
    35 Territorial jurisdiction
    36 Functional jurisdiction
    37 Areas outside national jurisdiction
    38 Demarcation of boundaries
    39 Personal jurisdiction
    40 Principles of criminal jurisdiction
    41 National jurisdiction
    42 Extradition
    43 Domestic nationality law

    VII Immunities
    44 Limitation of territorial jurisdiction
    45 State immunity
    46 Derived immunities
    47 Diplomatic immunities

    VIII State responsibility
    48 State responsibility
    49 International wrongful acts
    50 Circumstances precluding wrongfulness
    51 Cessation and compliance
    52 Diplomatic protection

    IX Settlement of disputes
    53 General and special rules
    54 Diplomatic methods
    55 International arbitration
    56 The International Court of Justice
    57 The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
    58 The panel procedures of the World Trade Organization
    59 The Inspection Panel of the World Bank

    X The enforcement of international law
    60 Characteristics of the enforcement of international law
    61 Retorsion
    62 Reprisals
    63 Collective measures

    XI Peace and security
    64 The prohibition of (armed) force
    65 Exceptions to the prohibition on (armed) force
    66 UN peace operations
    67 International humanitarian law
    68 The International Committee of the Red Cross

    XII The law of international organisations
    69 Development of international organisations
    70 Classification of international organisations
    71 Membership of international organisations
    72 Structure of international organisations
    73 Powers of international organisations
    74 Decision-making procedures of international organisations
    75 Rules of procedure of international organisations
    76 Budgetary affairs of international organisations
    77 Immunities and privileges of international organisations
    78 Responsibility of international organisations

    XIII The United Nations
    79 Foundation and development
    80 Objectives and principles
    81 UN organs
    82 Relations between the different UN bodies
    83 Powers and functions of UN agencies
    84 The voting procedures in the UN
    85 Immunities and privileges of the UN
    86 The responsibility of the United Nations
    87 The UN and the development of international law

    XIV Other global international organisations
    88 Comparison with the United Nations
    89 The International Labour Organization
    90 The World Health Organization
    91 The International Civil Aviation Organization
    92 The International Maritime Organization

    XV Regional intergovernmental organisations
    93 The Organization of American States
    94 The European Union
    95 The African Union
    96 The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    97 Other regional intergovernmental organisations

    XVI International human rights
    98 Recognition and development
    99 Categories of human rights
    100 International human rights instruments
    101 Implementation and enforcement mechanisms in international human rights treaties
    102 Monitoring mechanisms
    103 Regional human rights instruments

    XVII International criminal law
    104 Development and character of international criminal law
    105 International criminal responsibility
    106 Prosecution and punishment of international crimes by national authorities
    107 International crimes in domestic criminal law
    108 International criminal courts and tribunals
    109 The International Criminal Court
    110 ICC procedure
    111 Cross-border organised crime
    112 Terrorism
    113 International organisations for combating crime

    XVIII International economic law
    114 The development of international economic law
    115 The World Trade Organization
    116 The International Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
    117 International monetary organisations
    118 Regional economic organisations and agreements
    119 Development cooperation

    XIX International environmental law
    120 The internationalisation of environmental law
    121 Principles of environmental law
    122 UN conferences
    123 Institutionalisation
    124 Environmental treaties

    List of consulted literature


    Math Noortmann is a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University and Emeritus Professor at Coventry University

    Luke D. Graham is a Lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights in the University of Manchester Law School

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