The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Print Edition, 11 volume set)

ISBN : 9780199689651

Rudiger Wolfrum
12836 Pages
Multiple Copy Pack
670 x 350 mm
Pub date
May 2013
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  • Print edition of the leading reference work in international law
  • Written by over 800 scholars and practitioners drawn from all over the world
  • Suitable for practitioners, scholarly researchers, and taught courses in international law
  • Each article has been rigorously peer reviewed by the members of the advisory board with relevant specialist expertise
  • This set includes the Index and Tables volume, providing a complete analytical A-Z index to the Encyclopedia, and full tables of cases and legislation covering every entry
  • New to this Edition:

  • Reflects modern developments with greatly increased coverage of international criminal law, international dispute settlement, trade law, and environmental law
  • More than 700 new topics not covered in the previous edition


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 1,618 articles covering the full breadth of the subject. Articles address the history and theory of international law; all subfields 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.
The Encycopledia can be used by a wide range of readers. 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. At the same time articles can be set as readings for students on taught courses.
Every article has been thoroughly peer reviewed and all references have been checked over by the editorial staff giving readers total confidence in the quality and accuracy of the content.
The Encyclopedia will be a primary resource for all students and scholars of international law; counsel, judges and arbitrators involved in international law cases; and government legal advisers.
This 11 volume edition encompasses the complete Encyclopedia, including the Index and Tables volume. The Index and Tables provide complete lists of not only all articles and authors contained within the ten volumes, but also full citations for every document referenced in each article; full tables of cases and legistlation; and a detailed, analytical, A-Z index for the ten volumes.

About the author: 

Rüdiger Wolfrum is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Public Law, Heidelberg.


Editorial Advisory Board:
Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg,
Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Jean-Pierre Cot, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Yoram Dinstein, Tel-Aviv University
Thomas M. Franck, New York University
Jochen Abr. Frowein, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Meinhard Hilf, University of Hamburg
Rahmatullah Khan, Secretary General of Indian Society of International Law
Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki
Thomas Läufer, Director General for Legal Affairs and Legal Adviser, Federal Foreign Office
Thomas Mensah, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Hanspeter Neuhold, University of Vienna
Francisco Orrego Vicuña, University of Chile
Michael Reisman, Yale Law School
Bruno Simma, Judge of the International Court of Justice
Daniel Thürer, University of Zurich
Christian Tomuschat, Humboldt University
Tullio Treves, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Sir Michael Wood, International Law Commission, and a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers

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The final component for public international law research is commentary. This component is the hardest to acquire electronically. Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline offer databases of law review articles, but serious researchers will also demand treatises-classics of international law, and current monographs. The key building block here is the newly available database, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, from Oxford University Press. No PIL collection could attain respectability without this work. - Mary Rumsey, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library

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