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Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law

Ninth Edition

James Crawford

09 July 2019

ISBN: 9780198737445

872 pages

In Stock

Price: £54.99

The indispensable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners of public international law.



Serving as a single volume introduction to the field as a whole, this ninth edition of Brownlie's Principles of International Law seeks to present international law as a system that is based on, and helps structure, relations among states and other entities at the international level.

  • 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 Antarctic, the Marshall Islands cases, Peru v Chile; Somalia v Kenya; Costa Rica v Nicaragua; Bolivia v Chile)
  • Recent decisions on the law of the sea and the status of islands (Arctic Sunrise; Croatia/Slovenia; South China Sea; Bangladesh/India; Ghana/Ivory Coast; Timor Leste/Australia (Conciliation))
  • Decisions of senior national courts in the US (e.g. Bank Markazi v Peterson; Daimler AG v Bauman; Jesner v Arab Bank; Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum), the UK (e.g. Al-Saadoon v SSD; Belhaj v Straw; Freedom and Justice Party; Rahmatullah; Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; Benkharbouche 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

About the Author(s)

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.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Preliminary Topics
    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


"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)