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.

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. A Revolutionary Process?
A Revolutionary Process? : Decolonization and International Law / Marc Frey. - Göttingen : Wallstein Verlag. - Page 122-133 In: Toward a New Moral World Order? : Menschenrechtspolitik und Völkerrecht seit 1945 / Herausgegeben von Norbert Frei und Annette Weinke, ISBN 9783835313057: (2013), Page 122-133. - 2013
Keywords: Decolonization, Public international law,

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Recueil des cours = Collected courses of The Hague Academy of International Law / L'Académie de Droit International de la Haye. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - 470 pages. : Portrait With bibliographical references. - 2014
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Recueil des cours = Collected courses of The Hague Academy of International Law / L'Académie de Droit International de la Haye. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - 453 pages. : Portrait With bibliographical references. - 2014
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Recueil des cours = Collected courses of The Hague Academy of International Law / L'Académie de Droit International de la Haye. - Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. - 394 pages. : Portrait With bibliographical references. - 2014
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5. The United Nations and International Law-Making
The United Nations and International Law-Making / Mahnoush H. Arsanjani. - Pages 9-39. : Portrait In: Recueil des cours: vol. 362. - 2012
Keywords: United Nations, Public international law, International law, Development of international law, International relations, International politics, Charter of the United Nations (San Francisco, 26 June 1945),

6. L’interprétation du droit international public
L’interprétation du droit international public / Denis Alland. - Page 41-394. : Portrait In: Recueil des cours: vol. 362. - 2012
Keywords: Public international law, International law, Interpretation,

7. La créativité du droit international
La créativité du droit international / Serge Sur. - Pages 9-331. : Portrait In: Recueil des cours: vol. 363. - 2012
Keywords: Public international law, International law,

8. La contribution du droit international au maintien de la diversité culturelle
La contribution du droit international au maintien de la diversité culturelle / Daniel Turp. - Pages 333-453. : Portrait In: Recueil des cours: vol. 363. - 2012
Keywords: Public international law, International law, Cultural diversity,

9. The Protection of General Interests in the International Community
The Protection of General Interests in the International Community / Giorgio Gaja. - Pages 9-185. : Portrait In: Recueil des cours: vol. 364. - 2012
Keywords: International community, Public interest, Public international law, International law,

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  • Currie, J.H, C. Forcese, V. Oosterveld and J. Harrington (eds.), International law : doctrine, practice, and theory, Toronto, Irwin Law, 2014.

    Currie, J.H, C. Forcese, V. Oosterveld and J. Harrington (eds.), International law : doctrine, practice, and theory, Toronto, Irwin Law, 2014.

    International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory is an innovative and unique volume which crosses the traditional boundaries between textbook, casebook, and scholarly monograph. The book is designed primarily as an introduction to the system and substance of international law. It is also a convenient and comprehensive reference work on the most important aspects of this burgeoning field.

    The book includes introductory materials on the nature, history, and theory of international law from an international relations, as well as a legal, perspective. Carefully selected and edited primary materials — including treaties, UN documents, and cases — take readers to the very sources of the rules and principles that comprise modern international law. Extensive and critical commentary on, and analysis of, these primary materials guide the reader to an understanding of the rules, their strengths and weaknesses, and their place in the international legal system. Descriptions of contemporary real-world situations provide concrete context to the discussion.

    Remarkable for both its depth and breadth, International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory sets a new standard for the study of international law in Canada. It will make an invaluable addition to the reference collection of practitioners, judges, and scholars working in this ever-increasingly important area of modern 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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  • Boschiero, N., Scovazzi, T., Pitea, C. and Ragni, C. (eds.), International Courts and the Development of International Law : Essays in Honour of Tullio Treves, Heidelberg, Springer, 2013.

    Boschiero, N., Scovazzi, T., Pitea, C. and Ragni, C. (eds.), International Courts and the Development of International Law : Essays in Honour of Tullio Treves, Heidelberg, Springer, 2013.

    This book contains a collection of essays by leading experts linked to the outstanding characteristics of the scholar in honour of whom it is published, Tullio Treves, who combines his academic background with his practical experiences of a negotiator of international treaties and a judge of an international tribunal. It covers international public and private law related to international courts and the development of international law.

    Under Article 38 of its Statute, the International Court of Justice can apply judicial decisions only as a “subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law”. However, there are many reasons to believe that international courts and tribunals do play quite an important role in the progressive development of international law. There are a number of decisions which are inevitably recalled as the first step, or a decisive step, in the process of the formation of a new rule of customary international law. In these cases, can the judge be considered as a subsidiary of others? Are these cases compatible with the common belief that a judge cannot create law? Is this a peculiarity of international law, which is characterized by the existence of several courts but the lack of a legislator? Do decisions by different courts lead to the consequence of a fragmented international law? This volume provides the reader with an elaboration of various questions linked to the legislative role of courts.

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  • Tams, C.J. and J. Sloan (eds.), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    Tams, C.J. and J. Sloan (eds.), The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    This book traces the impact that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has had on various areas of international law. A number of prominent international experts examine whether, and to what extent, international law has been shaped by the Court’s jurisprudence. The informal development of international law through the Court’s judgments contrasts with the development of international law through more deliberate means, such as treaty-making. Assessing key areas of international law over which the ICJ has exercised its jurisdiction, such as international environmental law, international human rights, the law of the sea, and the law of immunities, this book comprehensively details the impact of international jurisprudence on contemporary international law.

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  • Trindade, A.A.C., International law for humankind : towards a new "Jus gentium", Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    Trindade, A.A.C., International law for humankind : towards a new "Jus gentium", Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    This volume is an updated and revised version of the General Course on Public International Law delivered by the Author at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2005. Professor Cançado Trindade develops his Leitmotiv of identification of a corpus juris increasingly oriented to the fulfillment of the needs and aspirations of human beings, of peoples and of humankind as a whole. With the overcoming of the purely inter-State dimension of the discipline of the past, international legal personality has expanded, so as to encompass nowadays, besides States and international organizations, also peoples, individuals and humankind as subjects of International Law.

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  • Klabbers, J., International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Klabbers, J., International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Written by one of the world’s leading international lawyers, this is a landmark publication in the teaching of international law. International law can be defined as ‘the rules governing the legal relationship between nations and states’, but in reality it is much more complex, with political, diplomatic and socio-economic factors shaping the law and its application. This refreshingly clear, concise textbook encourages students to view international law as a dynamic system of organizing the world. Bringing international law back to its first principles, the book is organised around four questions: where does it come from? To whom does it apply? How does it resolve conflict? What does it say?

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  • Vos, J.A., The Function of Public International Law, The Hague, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2013.

    Vos, J.A., The Function of Public International Law, The Hague, Asser, 2013.

    This book addresses fundamental aspects of the concept of public international law in both theory and practice. The argument developed by the author is that, underlying the traditional, horizontal, structure of public international law, a vertical structure of the concept of law may be discerned. This vertical structure is seen unfolding into two, mutually exclusive, frameworks: a framework of obligation, accounting for obligations, and a framework of authorization, accounting for rights. The problem then arising is that a concept of public international law which only admits either rights or obligations cannot be regarded as coherent. The author, however, takes and substantiates the position that coherence can be achieved by suppressing the mutual exclusivity of both frameworks. This move paves the way to formulating the function of public international law in terms of the constituting of international society.

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  • Díez de Velasco Vallejo, M., y C. Escobar Hernández, Instituciones de derecho internacional público, Madrid, Tecnos, 2013.

    Díez de Velasco Vallejo, M., y C. Escobar Hernández, Instituciones de derecho internacional público, Madrid, Tecnos, 2013.

    Se han introducido modificaciones sustanciales en el ámbito de la responsabilidad internacional o el uso de la fuerza. Y, finalmente, se ha dado un tratamiento reforzado al fenómeno de la jurisdicción internacional, analizándose sus caracteres generales, el Tribunal Internacional de Justicia y los más importantes Tribunales Internacionales constituidos hasta la fecha; todo ello con la intención de ofrecer una visión de conjunto de este mecanismo de arreglo jurídico de controversias que cada día va adquiriendo un carácter más pujante en el sistema jurídico-internacional. Junto a ello, se ha mantenido la estructura general de la edición anterior, que permite ofrecer al lector una visión sistemática y ordenada de los elementos nucleares del Derecho Internacional contemporáneo.

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  • Stein, T. von, Buttlar, Ch. von, Völkerrecht, München, Vahlen, 2012.

    Stein, T. von, Buttlar, Ch. von, Völkerrecht, München, Vahlen, 2012.

    Dieses Lehrbuch behandelt die Grundlagen des Völkerrechts einschließlich der Bezüge zum Recht der Internationalen Organisationen und zum Europarecht. Die Darstellung berücksichtigt aktuelle weltpolitische Ereignisse, um den aktuellen Stand des Völkerrechts zu veranschaulichen. Das Werk vermittelt die Erkenntnis, dass das Völkerrecht eine zwar eigenen Regeln folgende, mit den nationalen Rechtssystemen aber so eng verflochtene Rechtsordnung ist, dass niemand, der juristisch ausgebildet ist, sie ignorieren kann.

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  • Crawford, J., Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Crawford, J., Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    This is the eighth edition of Sir Ian Brownlie’s classic distillation of public international law. Serving as a single volume introduction to the field as a whole, the book seeks to present international law as a system that is based on, and helps structure, relations among states and other entities at the international level. It aims to identify the constituent elements of that system in a clear and accessible fashion. This eighth edition, fully updated by James Crawford, Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge, continues to provide the balance, clarity and expertise expected from this classic text. Completely updated to take account of the many areas of expansion and development in international law which have occurred since earlier editions, all chapters have been reviewed and brought up to date.

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  • Sur, S., Les dynamiques du droit international, Paris, Pedone, 2012.

    Sur, S., Les dynamiques du droit international, Paris, Pedone, 2012.

    L’étude du droit international est souvent dominée par des approches militantes, idéologiques, qui ont exercé une influence croissante, y compris sur la doctrine. Ces approches tendent à une véritable mutation du droit international, appelé à devenir une morale internationale universelle, au service du droit humanitaire, des droits de l’homme, après avoir été mobilisé à celui du développement. Cette métamorphose mettrait au premier plan l’action des individus et des groupes, imposant en leur nom des obligations aux Etats, ainsi dépossédés d’un droit qui a été longtemps leur apanage. S’il existe un fil rouge dans l’ensemble des textes ici regroupés, il est que cette métamorphose est plus apparente que réelle, et même qu’elle n’existe pas du tout. L’analyse positive du droit international montre que ses fondements n’ont nullement évolué, que l’engagement international de l’Etat en est toujours la base, et l’action des Etats le coeur. L’analyse positive est une méthode et non une idéologie. Elle ne prétend pas que le droit international est achevé ou parfait, ni perfectible, mais elle ne vise pas non plus à lui substituer un droit rêvé ou à se poser en législateur.

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  • Cassese, A. (ed.), Realizing Utopia: the Future of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Cassese, A. (ed.), Realizing Utopia: the Future of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Realizing Utopia is a collection of essays by a group of innovative international jurists. Its contributors reflect on some of the major legal problems facing the international community and analyze the inconsistencies or inadequacies of current law (….) As the impact of international law on national legal orders continues to increase, this volume takes stock of how far international law has come and how it should continue to develop. The work features an impressive list of contributors, including many of the leading authorities on international law and several judges of the International Court of Justice.

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  • Wolfrum, R., Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Wolfrum, R., Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Written by over 800 of the world’s leading authorities and edited at the premier research institution for international law, this new edition of the definitive reference work on international law contains over 1,619 articles covering the full breadth of the subject. Articles address the history and theory of international law; all sub-fields such as international criminal law, environmental law, and economic law; leading cases; and significant treaties, organizations, armed conflicts, and geographical issues. Each article contains cross-references to related articles, and includes a carefully selected bibliography of the most important writings and primary materials as a guide to further reading. Experienced scholars and practitioners will find a wealth of information on areas that they do not already know well as well as in-depth treatments on every aspect of their specialist topics.

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