Public International Law
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.
- Besson, S., Breitenmoser, S., Sassòli, M., Ziegler, A.R., Völkerrecht = Droit international public : aide-mémoire, Zürich : Dike, 2013.
- Carreau, D. et F. Marrella, Droit international, Paris, Pedone, 2012.
- Crawford, J., Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Harris, D., S.Sivakumaran, Cases and Materials on International Law, 8th edition, London, Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, 2015.
- Oppenheim, L.F.L., Oppenheim's International Law, 9th ed., London : Longman, 1992-1996.
- Salmon, J., Dictionnaire de droit international public, Bruxelles : Bruylant, 2001
- Shaw, M.N., International Law, 7th ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Wolfrum, R., Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Cassese, A., International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Crawford, J.,Hasard, Ordre et Changement: Le Cours Du Droit International, Leiden, Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015.
- Combacau, J. et S. Sur, Droit international public, Paris, Montchrestien, 2010.
- Daillier, P., Forteau, M. et A. Pellet, Droit international public, Paris, L.G.D.J, 2009.
- Dupuy, P.-M. et Y. Kerbrat, Droit international public, Paris, Dalloz, 2012.
- Evans, M. (ed.), International Law, 3rd ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010
- Higgins, R., Themes and Theories : Selected Essays, Speeches, and Writings in International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Kamto, M., Gouvernance mondiale et droit international, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2015.
- Koskenniemi, M., The Politics of International Law, Oxford etc. : Hart, 2011
- Lauterpacht, H., The Function of Law in the International Community, New York, Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Lowe, V., International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Lung-chu, C., An Introduction to Contemporary International Law : A Policy-oriented Perspective, 3rd ed. New York, NY, US, Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Rivier, R., Droit international public, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2012.
- Ryngaert, C., Erik J. Molenaar, Sarah M.H. Nouwen, What's wrong with international law?: liber amicorum A.H.A. Soons, Leiden, Boston, Brill Nijhoff, 2015.
- Shaw, M.N., International Law, 7th ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Stein, T. von und C. von Buttlar, Völkerrecht, München, Vahlen, 2012.
- Torres Bernárdez, S. [et al.] (eds.), El derecho internacional en el mundo multipolar del siglo XXI : obra homenaje al profesor Luis Ignacio Sánchez Rodríguez, Madrid, Iprolex, 2013.
- Bergé, J.-S., "De la hiérarchie des normes au droit hiérarchisé : figures pratiques de l'application du droit à différents niveaux", Journal du droit international (Clunet), 140 (2013), No. 1, pp. 3-25.
- Fois, P., "Riflessioni sul principo di legalita nel diritto internazionale contemporaneo", Rivista di diritto internazionale, 96 (2013), No. 2, pp. 361-384.
- Katz Cogan, J., "The Changing Form of the International Law Commission's Work", Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations, Leiden, Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2015, pp. 275-290.
- Kolb, R., "La détermination du concept de jus cogens", Revue générale de droit international public, 118 (2014), No. 1, 5-29.
- Lindenfalk, U., "The Source of Jus Cogens Obligations : How Legal Positivism Copes With Peremptory International Law", Nordic Journal of International Law, 82 (2013), No.3, pp.369-389.
Periodicals, serial publications
- American Journal of International Law
- Annuaire français de droit international
- Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht
- British Yearbook of International Law
- Chinese Journal of International Law
- Collected Courses of the Xiamen Academy of International Law
- CARREAU, D. (et al.) (éd.), Répertoire de droit international, Paris : Dalloz, 2004
- European Journal of International Law
- German Yearbook of International Law
- Harvard International Law Journal
- International legal materials
- Leiden Journal of International Law
- Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law
- Netherlands Yearbook of International Law
- Nordic Journal of International Law
- Revue générale de droit international public
- The Yale Journal of International Law
1. Von Heidelberg nach Han-Seong
Keywords: Korea, Monarchy, Constitutional law, Sovereignty, Public international law, Johann Caspar Bluntschli (1808-1881),
2. Die Grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit im Lichte des Völkerrechts
Keywords: Switzerland, Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Transfrontier co-operation, Public international law,
3. Die grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit aus der Sicht des schweizerischen Staatsvertragsrechts
Keywords: Switzerland, Transfrontier co-operation, Multilateral treaties, Bilateral agreements,
4. International Lawyers as Public Intellectuals and the Need for More Books
Keywords: Lawyers, Public international law, Books,
5. The International Rule of Law
Keywords: Rule of law, Legal concept, Legal theory,
6. The Law of the Sea Convention and the United States of America
Keywords: United States of America, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Law of the sea, Customary international law, International law and domestic law, Foreign policy,
7. La prohibition de l'esclavage en droit international comme norme de "jus cogens"
Keywords: Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (Vienna, 23 May 1969), Slavery, Norms, Ius cogens, Public international law,
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Harris, D., S.Sivakumaran, Cases and Materials on International Law, 8th edition, London, Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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 Coté D’Ivoire
- Developments in the UN human rights system
Crawford, J., Hasard, Ordre et Changement: Le Cours du Droit International, Leiden, Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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 départir des présentations habituellement rencontrées dans les manuels, axées sur des thématiques comme les sources, les sujets, les compétences. Etudier le cours du droit international, c’est étudier ses problèmes irrésolus, qui, de ce fait même, mettent en cause son autonomie en tant que discipline. Or ces problèmes sont, sinon résolus, du moins atténués par une lecture novatrice de nos pratiques juridiques communes et de notre histoire partagée. L’accent est ainsi mis sur le processus, qui forme en vérité 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 étant façonnées par lui, elles l’élaborent tout en étant élaborées par lui. Mais, pour illustrer ce rapport dialectique, le cours fait abondamment référence à la pratique. Partant, il est également un cours classique de droit international.
Lung-chu, C., An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective, 3rd ed., New York, Oxford University Press, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
Thirlway, H., The Sources of International Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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
Currie, J.H, C. Forcese, V. Oosterveld and J. Harrington (eds.), International law : doctrine, practice, and theory, Toronto, Irwin Law, 2014.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
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.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
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.
- ASIL Electronic Resource Guide "Researching Public International Law" by Kelly Vinopal
- Hague Academy of International Law, Recueil des Cours
- Hein Online, Foreign & International Law Resources
- Martinus Nijhoff Online, International Law
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, Basic Questions and Principles, by Wolfgang Preiser
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Methodology of International Law, by Martti Koskenniemi
- Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, History of International Law, since World War II, by Martti Koskenniemi
- Oxford Reports on International Law
- Westlaw International
Bibliotheek van het Vredespaleis viert 200 jaar Nederlandse Grondwet
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 Trêveszaal, 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]Read more
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).Read more
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 immunités en droit international public et privé” (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.Read more
When Röling Waves Advanced Towards the Shores of International Law
Invitation to lecture about the influence of Röling’s work on international law practice and scholarship by Prof. Nico Schrijver, organized by the Peace Palace Library. The lecture takes place on Wednesday 22 June, 2011, at 17.30-19.30 (lecture starts at 18.00). The location is the Historic Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library. Entrance is free.Read more
The Influence of NGOs on International Law
From a traditional point of view, International Public Law has been understood as a set of rules produced by states in order to regulate relations between them. Since the end of the Cold War, the role of NGOs in international law is growing in importance and their activities are reaching the remotest parts of the world. In this blog, I will briefly discuss how NGOs have transformed international law as well as how they continue to contribute to the development of international law.Read more
In memoriam: Sir Ian Brownlie CBE QC (1932-2010)
Sir Ian Brownlie, the second from the right on the photo, taken at the International Court of Justice when he was arguing the Nicaragua-Honduras case for Nicaragua. The great British international lawyer, Sir Ian Brownlie, died on January 3th 2010, in a car-accident while on holiday with his family in Egypt. His name is a […]Read more
First Lady of International Law
Tuesday last week the First Lady of International Law, Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice bade farewell to her colleagues at the Court in The Hague, after serving nearly fourteen years as judge and as its President.
This event coincided with the presentation of her latest book “Themes and Theories. Selected speeches and writings in International Law” (OUP 2009). An impressive collection of her thoughts over the last forty years. Ten chapters on various aspects of international law, reflected in articles, speeches, lectures and in her work as a member of the International Court of Justice.
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.Read more
UN Audiovisual Library of International Law
The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs launched the Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Audiovisual Library aims to provide free, scholarly resources to students and practictioners around the world, particularly in regions where there are few resources for the study of international law.Read more
- Conducting research in public international law. An introduction to the information sources, by George Middelkoop
- General International Law, Electronic Information System for International Law
- Introduction to Public International Law Research, by Vicenç Feliú
- Public International Law
- Researching Public International Law, By Kent McKeever
- Sources for public international law research, by David Gee
- Sentinelle, le site de l'actualité du droit international
- Research Guide Public International Law Peace Palace Library
- Conducting research in public international law - Library - Utrecht University
- GlobaLex - Researching Customary International Law, State Practice and the Pronouncements of States regarding International Law
- Les obligations et les droits erga omnes en droit international [27 août 2005]
- South Africa: Multilateral treaties
- United Nations Treaty Collection / Collection des traités des Nations Unies