Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law (9th edition)

ISBN : 9780198737445

James Crawford
888 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2019
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  • One of the classic treatises on international law, wholly updated in order to take account of recent developments
  • Comprehensive coverage of the field, presenting the system of international law and its constituent elements in a clear and accessible fashion
  • Widely referred to by courts, practitioners, and scholars, focusing on the issues as presented in practice today, including before international courts and tribunals

New to this Edition:

  • Decisions of the International Court (e.g. Whaling in the Antarcticthe Marshall Islands cases, Peru v ChileSomalia v KenyaCosta Rica v NicaraguaBolivia v Chile)
  • Recent decisions on the law of the sea and the status of islands (Arctic SunriseCroatia/SloveniaSouth China SeaBangladesh/IndiaGhana/Ivory CoastTimor Leste/Australia (Conciliation))
  • Decisions of senior national courts in the US (e.g. Bank Markazi v PetersonDaimler AG v BaumanJesner v Arab BankKiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum), the UK (e.g. Al-Saadoon v SSDBelhaj v StrawFreedom and Justice PartyRahmatullahMiller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European UnionBenkharbouche v Sudan), the Netherlands (Mothers of Srebrenica; Urgenda Foundation), the Russian Federation (Anchukov & Gladkov v Russia) and elsewhere
  • Recent ILC work (including Conclusions on Identification of Customary International Law, and Subsequent Practice in relation to the Interpretation of Treaties)
  • Plus discussion of developments in the fields of climate change, diplomatic asylum (the Assange stand-off), international criminal law and the ICC, immunities of senior state officials, investment arbitration, corporate social responsibility, and the use of force by and against non-state actors

Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law has been shaping the study and application of international law for over 50 years. Serving as a single-volume introduction to the field as a whole, the book is one of the classic treatises on international law, now fully updated to order to take account of recent developments. It includes extensive references in order to provide a solid foundation for further research.
Authored by James Crawford, the ninth edition further secures the work as the essential international law text for students and practitioners.


Part I: Preliminary Topics
1: Introduction
2: The sources of international law
3: The relations of international and national law

Part II: Personality and Recognition
4: Subjects of international law
5: Creation and incidence of statehood
6: Recognition of states and governments
7: International organizations

Part III: Territorial sovereignty
8: Forms of governmental authority over territory
9: Acquisition and transfer of territorial sovereignty
10: Status of territory: further problems

Part IV: Law of the Sea
11: The territorial sea and other maritime zones
12: Maritime delimitation and associated questions
13: Maritime transit and the regime of the high seas

Part V: The Environment and Natural Resources
14: Common spaces and co-operation in the use of natural resources
15: Legal aspects of the protection of the environment

Part VI: International Transactions
16: The law of treaties
17: Diplomatic and consular relations
18: Unilateral acts, acquiescience, and estoppel
19: Succession to rights and duties

Part VII: State Jurisdiction
20: Sovereignty and equality of states
21: Jurisdictional competence
22: Privileges and immunities of foreign states

Part VIII: Nationality and Related Concepts
23: The relations of nationality
24: Nationality of corporations and assets

Part IX: The Law of Responsibility
25: The conditions for international responsibility
26: Consequences of an internationally wrongful act
27: Multilateral public order and issues of responsibility

Part X: The Protection of Individuals and Groups
28: The international minimum standard: diplomatic protection and protection of investments
29: International human rights
30: International criminal justice

Part XI: Disputes
31: The claims process
32: Third-party settlement of international disputes
33: Use of threat of force by states

About the author: 

James Crawford, Judge of the International Court of Justice and former Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge
James Crawford, SC, FBA, is a Judge of the International Court of Justice and formerly Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2010 he was awarded the Nessim Habif World Prize by the University of Geneva and in 2012 the Hudson Medal by the American Society of International Law.

"Its case-references and notes apparatus are excellent and the overall view it opens to early 21st century international law has an unparalleled combination of depth and width ... the most impressive English-language textbook available." - Martti Koskenniemi, British Yearbook of International Law (review of the eighth edition)

"Brownlie's Principles has established itself as a book of real value and authority for students, academics and practitioners." - Samuel Wordsworth, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (review of the eighth edition)

"[T]his is a very impressive work, wide-ranging in scope and nuanced in content, just as one would expect ... delivering what seems to be at the moment the best single-author English-language international law textbook. It is highly recommended, both as a student text and as a persuasive authority for the practice of international law." - Martins Paparinskis, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (review of the eighth edition)

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