International Law: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - Law - 130 pages
Interest in international law has increased greatly over the past decade, largely because of its key role in such hot-button issues such as the Iraq War and Guantanamo, the World Trade Organization and the anti-capitalist movement, the Kyoto Convention on climate change, the apparent failure
of the international system to deal with dire situations in Palestine and Darfur, and the plight of refugees and illegal immigrants around the world.

This Very Short Introduction explains what international law is, what its role in international society is, and how it operates. Dispelling many of the myths surrounding the topic, Vaughan Lowe clearly outlines what international law can and cannot do and what it is and what it isn't doing to make
the world a better place. Lowe focuses on the problems the world faces, using terrorism, environmental change, poverty, and international violence to demonstrate the theory and practice of international law, and showing how these principles can be used for international co-operation.

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Contents

Nations under law
1
Where does international law come from?
19
Implementing international law
39
Freedom from external interference
56
Sovereignty inside the State
84
What international law does well
105
What international law does badly or not at all
120
Further reading
125
Index
127
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Vaughan Lowe is the Chichele Professor of Public International Law and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. He was formerly Reader in International Law and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge. Before that he taught at the universities of Cardiff and
Manchester and, as a visiting professor, in the USA. He practices as a barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London. He has advised governments and corporations on matters of international law, and is the author of many books and articles on the subject, of which the most recent are The Law of the
Sea (3rd ed., MUP, 1999; with Robin Churchill) and The Settlement of International Disputes (OUP, 1999; with John Collier).

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