International Law (2nd edition)

Antonio Cassese
Pub date
Dec 2004
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This new edition of Cassese's International Law provides a stimulating and authoritative account of international law for undergraduates and postgraduates. It has been fully revised and updated to include all recent developments in the subject, and contains a new chapter on terrorism as well as extensive revision of the section on state responsibility. Providing a comprehensive commentary on international law as a whole, it compares the traditional legal position with the developing and evolving law in a way that is sensitive to political and economic considerations, as well as including detailed yet accessible examinations of state responsibility and international criminal law. The late Professor Cassese was a leading figure in the field, and this new edition takes full advantage of his extensive experience to provide a more personal approach to the subject than is typically found in the standard textbook, acting as good intellectual exercise for the stronger student. The late Antonio Cassese was the Editor of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. To read sample articles from the journal visit: www.jicj.oupjournals.org


Principal abbreviations
Table of cases
Table of statutes of international tribunals
Table of national legislation
Table of treatises and conventions
Table of other international instruments

Part I: Origins and Foundations of the International Community
1. The Main Legal Features of the International Community
2. The Historical Evolution of the International Community
3. The Fundamental Principles Governing International Relations

Part II: Subjects of the International Community
4. States as the Primary Subjects of International Law
5. The Spatial Dimension of State Activities
6. Limitations on State Sovereignty: Immunities and Treatment of Individuals
7. Other International Legal Subjects

Part III: Creation and Implementation of International Legal Standards
8. International Law--Creation: Custom
9. Treaties
10. Other Lawmaking Processes
11. The Hierarchy of Rules in International Law: The Role of Jus Cogens
12. The Implementation of International Rules within National Systems

Part IV: Breaches of International Law and Their Consequences
13. International Wrongful Acts and the Legal Reaction Thereto
14. Promoting Compliance with Law and Preventing or Settling Disputes
15. Enforcement

Part V: Contemporary Issues in International Law
16. The Role of the United Nations
17. UN Sanctions and Collective Security
18. Unilateral Resort to Force by States
19. The Protection of Human Rights
20. Legal Restraints on Violence in Armed Conflict
21. The Repression of International Crimes
22. The International Response to Terrorism
23. Protection of the Environment
24. Legal Attempts at Narrowing the North-South Gap

About the author: 

Professor of international law, University of Florence; former President of the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture; former Judge and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Chairman of the UN International Commission of Enquiry into Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Darfur; member of the Institut de Droit International

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