Brierly's Law of Nations: An Introduction to the Role of International Law in International Relations (7th edition)

ISBN : 9780199657940

Andrew Clapham
576 Pages
130 x 178 mm
Pub date
Aug 2012
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This concise book is an introduction to the role of international law in international relations. Written for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, the book first appeared in 1928 and attracted a wide readership. This new edition builds on Brierly's scholarship and his idea that law must serve a social purpose. Previous editions of The Law of Nations have been the standard introduction to international law for decades, and are widely popular in many different countries due to the simplicity and brevity of the prose style. Providing a comprehensive overview of international law, this new version of the classic book retains the original qualities and is again essential reading for all those interested in learning what role the law plays in international affairs. The reader will find chapters on traditional and contemporary topics such as: the basis of international obligation, the role of the UN and the International Criminal Court, the emergence of new states, the acquisition of territory, the principles covering national jurisdiction and immunities, the law of treaties, the different ways of settling international disputes, and the rules on resort to force and the prohibition of aggression.


Preface To The First Edition
Preface To The Seventh Edition
1. The Origins of International Law
2. The Basis of Obligation In International Law
3. The Legal Organization of International Society
4. States
5. The Territory of States
6. Jurisdiction
7. Treaties
8. International Disputes and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
9. Resort to Force

About the author: 

Andrew Clapham worked as the Representative of Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York from 1991 to 1997. Since 1997 he has been teaching human rights law and public international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He has worked as an Adviser to the UN High Commissioners for Human Rights Mary Robinson and Sergio Vieira de Mello. His other published work includes: International Human Rights Lexicon (OUP 2005) (with Susan Marks) Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors (OUP 2006) and Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2007). He is an academic associate member of Matrix Chambers in London.

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