Public International Law

Introduction

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Public International Law is perhaps best described as an authoritative language, used by States, international organizations, individuals and other participants in the international legal order to interact with each other. International law is a value-oriented jurisprudence used by policymakers and other members of the international community (governments, diplomats, international judges and arbitrators, elements of the “UN family,” etc.) to make difficult choices based on shared values. The traditional definition of international law has broadened in scope to include additional topics or branches of international law. For detailed research guidance on individual topics of public international law, see other research guides on special topics Air (and space) law, Cultural heritage, Environment, Food, Health, Labour, Law of the Sea, Sport, Territory and Water.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Public International Law. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library's classification index code 38a. Public International Law : General Principles; Various Essays and subject heading (keyword) Public International Law are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. The authority of international law
The authority of international law : obedience, respect, and rebuttal / BaƟak Cali. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. - XIX, 203 pages. ; 24 cm Bibliography: page 181-195. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, International law, Compliance, Monism and dualism, Legal theory, International law and domestic law,

2. El poder y los lĂ­mites del derecho internacional en la sociedad global
El poder y los límites del derecho internacional en la sociedad global / René Urueña. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page IX-XVIII In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page IX-XVIII. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, Development of international law,

3. ¿Para qué estudiar la historia del derecho internacional?
¿Para qué estudiar la historia del derecho internacional? / George Bandeira. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 3-25 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 3-25. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, History of international law, Legal theory, Ethics,

4. ¿Para qué un derecho internacional latinoamericano?
¿Para qué un derecho internacional latinoamericano? / Liliana Obregón. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 27-59 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 27-59. - 2015
Keywords: Latin America, Public international law,

5. La nociĂłn de "sociedad" en el derecho internacional
La noción de "sociedad" en el derecho internacional / Ricardo Allarcón, Guillermo Otålora y Sebastiån Machado. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 61-99 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 61-99. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, International community, Philosophy of law, International obligations, Subjects of international law,

6. ÂżHay lugar para lo sagrado en derecho internacional?
¿Hay lugar para lo sagrado en derecho internacional? / Mónica García-Salmones. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 101-129 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 101-129. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, Philosophy of law, Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679),

7. Permanencia y cambio de la normatividad en el derecho internacional
Permanencia y cambio de la normatividad en el derecho internacional / Marina C. Brilman. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 131-175 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 131-175. - 2015
Keywords: Public international law, Philosophy of law, Norms, Ius cogens, Development of international law,

8. Relaciones entre el derecho internacional y el derecho interno
Relaciones entre el derecho internacional y el derecho interno / Alejandro Ramelli. - [Bogotå] : Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Derecho. - Page 511-533 In: Derecho internacional : poder y límites del derecho en la sociedad global / René Urueña (compilador), ISBN 9789587740646: (2015), Page 511-533. - 2015
Keywords: International law and domestic law, Public international law, Hierarchy, Monism and dualism,

9. Der internationale Konflikt um Iran und das Völkerrecht
Der internationale Konflikt um Iran und das Völkerrecht : Versuch einer Gesamtdarstellung / Ali Fathollah-Nejad. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 137-205 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 137-205. - 2012
Keywords: Iran, United States of America, United Nations, Security Council, International Atomic Energy Agency, International politics, Nuclear energy, Public international law, Sanctions,

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  • de Oliveira Mazzuoli, V., Curso de Direito Internacional PĂșblico, 9.a Edição Revista, Atualizada e Ampliada, SĂŁo Paulo: Thomson Reuters, Revista dos Tribunais, 2015.

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    Escrito por um dos mais respeitados internacionalistas brasileiros, este livro Ă© o mais completo e atualizado Curso de Direito Internacional PĂșblico editado no Brasil; DidĂĄtico e preciso no emprego da linguagem, tem sido adotado como livro-texto nas melhores Faculdades de Direito e RelaçÔes Internacionais do paĂ­s, sendo ainda frequentemente utilizado nos paĂ­ses de lĂ­ngua portuguesa (sobretudo em Portugal); Destaque-se, tambĂ©m, as referĂȘncias constantes que o Curso tem merecido na jurisprudĂȘncia do STF e STJ, especialmente em matĂ©ria de tratados, direitos humanos, nacionalidade, extradição etc.

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  • Beham, M., M. Fink, R. Janik, Völkerrecht verstehen: Lehrbuch, Wien, Facultas, 2015.

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    Das vorliegende Lehrbuch bietet eine konzise und zugleich innovative Darstellung des Völkerrechts. Die Aufbereitung des Stoffs aufgrund von Erfahrungen aus der Lehre und mit praktischen Beispielen soll dem Leser das VerstĂ€ndnis auch hochkomplexer Bereiche erleichtern. Ein Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf den konkreten Fragen, die sich im Zusammenspiel von Völkerrecht und der österreichischen Rechtsordnung stellen. Analogien und Verweise zum innerstaatlichen Recht ermöglichen dabei einen leichteren Zugang zum VerstĂ€ndnis des Völkerrechts. Der Abdruck von Fallpassagen sowie zentraler Rechtsbestimmungen in deutscher Sprache bietet eine rasche Orientierung hinsichtlich der relevanten Materialien. WeiterfĂŒhrende Fragen am Ende jeden Kapitels erlauben eine zielorientierte PrĂŒfungsvorbereitung. Index und Kapitelverweise sollen zugleich die Verwendung als Nachschlagewerk und EinfĂŒhrung in die verschiedenen völkerrechtlichen Teilgebiete ermöglichen.

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  • Harris, D., S.Sivakumaran, Cases and Materials on International Law, 8th edition, London, Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, 2015.

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    Students of Public International Law require access to an overwhelming variety of materials which are not always easy to obtain. Cases and Materials on International Law draws together in one volume an exhaustive selection of cases, materials and background information on the subject, which is supplemented by authoritative commentary and expert analysis.

     

    Widely recognised as the leading text of its kind, the eighth edition of Cases and Materials on International Law incorporates all major developments in the subject, including:

    • International Court of Justice judgments on the jurisdictional immunity of states (Germany v Italy) and on the obligation to prosecute or extradite in cases of torture (Belgium v Senegal), as well as the Court’s advisory opinion on the legality of the declaration of independence in respect of Kosovo
    • New judgments of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on maritime dispute.
    • The International Law Commission’s Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties
    • The use of force in Crimea, Libya and CotĂ© D’Ivoire
    • Developments in the UN human rights system
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  • Crawford, J., Hasard, Ordre et Changement: Le Cours du Droit International, Leiden, Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015.

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    Comprendre le droit international, c’est en comprendre l’évolution dans le temps. L’ambition de ce cours est de promouvoir cette forme de connaissance, qui implique de se dĂ©partir des prĂ©sentations habituellement rencontrĂ©es dans les manuels, axĂ©es sur des thĂ©matiques comme les sources, les sujets, les compĂ©tences. Etudier le cours du droit international, c’est Ă©tudier ses problĂšmes irrĂ©solus, qui, de ce fait mĂȘme, mettent en cause son autonomie en tant que discipline. Or ces problĂšmes sont, sinon rĂ©solus, du moins attĂ©nuĂ©s par une lecture novatrice de nos pratiques juridiques communes et de notre histoire partagĂ©e. L’accent est ainsi mis sur le processus, qui forme en vĂ©ritĂ© le droit international. En effet, les institutions internationales – au premier rang desquelles les Etats – se trouvent dans un rapport dialectique avec le droit : elles le façonnent tout en Ă©tant façonnĂ©es par lui, elles l’élaborent tout en Ă©tant Ă©laborĂ©es par lui. Mais, pour illustrer ce rapport dialectique, le cours fait abondamment rĂ©fĂ©rence Ă  la pratique. Partant, il est Ă©galement un cours classique de droit international.

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  • Lung-chu, C., An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective, 3rd ed., New York, Oxford University Press, 2015.

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    An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies the highly acclaimed approach developed by the New Haven School of International Law, viewing international law as an ongoing process of decision-making through which the members of the world community identify, clarify, and secure their common interests. Unlike conventional works in international law, this work is organized and structured in terms of the process of decision making in the international arena, and references both classic historical examples and contemporary events to illustrate international legal processes and principles. Using contemporary examples, this Third Edition builds on previous editions by contextualizing and dramatizing these changes with reference to seven features that characterize the New Haven School approach to international law: participants, perspectives, arenas of decision, bases of power, strategies, outcomes, and effects. This new edition highlights the major developments in international law since 2000, including the right to self-determination, the expanding scope of international concern and the duty of states to protect human rights, the trend towards greater accountability for states and individual decision-makers under international law, and the vital role individual responsibility plays in the emerging field of international criminal law.

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  • Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.

    Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014

    The question of what is, and what is not, part of international law is of course fundamental. Traditionally, treaties between states and custom (state practice) have been seen as the primary means by which international law is created. These two sources, along with the 'general principles of law', are specified in the Statute of the International Court of Justice (Article 38), and this text has long been treated as generally authoritative. However, whether this is still an adequate definition of the sources of international law, and how they may operate in modern international society, has been questioned in significant ways. Taking Article 38 ICJ Statute as starting-point, this book provides a careful assessment of all the recognized, or asserted, sources of international law.

    • Provides a clear and accessible guide to the sources of international law
    • Comprehensively analyses the classic sources of international law as well as more controversial modern bases for international obligations, such as decisions by international organizations
    • Offers an invaluable resource for students of international law, as well as for practitioners and scholars needing to revisit the key principles underlying the sources of international law
    • Written by one of the key authorities in the field, with more than 40 years' experience
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    On Saturday 29 March, the Netherlands will celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the 1814 Constitution. During the so-called Grondwetfestival (Constitution Festival) government buildings normally off limits to the public, like the Catshuis and TrĂȘveszaal, will open especially for this occasion. The Peace Palace Library will also participate in this event with an interactive tour – in Dutch – explaining the relationship between the Dutch Constitution and international law. [Further information in Dutch]

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  • The Hague Academy of International Law: Celebrating 90 Years of Academic Excellence

    On July 24, 1923, ten years after the opening of the Peace Palace, the Hague Academy of International Law was solemnly inaugurated in the Peace Palace ‘to teach subjects which are most important from the point of view of theory, practice, legislation and international jurisprudence, in particular from deliberations of conferences and arbitral awards’ (Art. 3 of its statute adopted in 1914).

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  • Immunities in Public and Private International Law - 9th Session of the Seminar for Advanced Studies, 13-19 January 2013

    Each year the Hague Academy of International law, one of the most renowned academic institutions in Europe, holds a seminar devoted to various aspects of public and private international law. The theme of this year’s seminar will be: ”Les immunitĂ©s en droit international public et privĂ©â€ (Immunities in public and private international law). This Programme of Advanced Studies will take place from 13 to 19 January 2013 at the Academy building in The Hague.

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    Oxford University Press kindly donated this two volume set to the Peace Palace Library, completing the collection of Higgins’ publications.

    The Library hopes that Dame Higgins, having spent so many years in The Hague, the Legal Capital of the World, will continue to be inspired by its excellent possibilities for research in international law.

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