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Published: 29 September 2011

416 Pages


ISBN: 9780199768967

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The Power and Purpose of International Law

Mary Ellen O'Connell

  • Discusses numerous significant world issues including torture, terrorism, war, climate change, human rights atrocities, nuclear proliferation, and other major challenges in the light of international law
  • Explains what international law is, why it is accepted as law, and how it is enforced
  • Examines both the history of ideas about international law's binding power and purpose and the actual operation of international law in enforcing its obligations