International Law

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OUP Oxford, Sep 28, 2007 - Law - 328 pages
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International Law is both an introduction to the subject and a critical consideration of its central themes and debates. The opening chapters of the book explain how international law underpins the international political and economic system by establishing the basic principle of the independence of States, and their right to choose their own political, economic, and cultural systems. Subsequent chapters then focus on considerations that limit national freedom of choice (e.g. human rights, the interconnected global economy, the environment). Through the organizing concepts of territory, sovereignty, and jurisdiction the book shows how international law seeks to achieve an established set of principles according to which the power to make and enforce policies is distributed among States.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
xi
Table of Cases
xiii
Table of International Conventions and Treaties
xvii
The Ambit of International Law
xxvii
2 How International Law is Made
lx
3 The Principles of the International Legal System
cxxvi
4 States
33
5 Inside the State
67
6 The Global Economy
188
7 The Global Environment
234
8 The Use of Force
264
9 Postscript
290
Index
291
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Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford

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