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Cassese's International Law

Third Edition

Paola Gaeta, Jorge E. Viñuales, and Salvatore Zappalá

10 September 2020

ISBN: 9780199231287

616 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

A classic textbook updated and enriched with fresh expertise to offer a stimulating and thought-provoking account of international law.



Cassese's International Law is a new edition of an established classic. Authors Gaeta, Viñuales, and Zappalá have built on the legacy of international law luminary Antonio Cassese to offer a thought-provoking and lucid account for today's undergraduates and postgraduates.

  • Presents complex legal reasoning in an accessible, readable way to form a rigorous and well-written text
  • Compares the traditional legal position with the developing and evolving law
  • Includes detailed yet accessible examinations of state responsibility and international criminal law
  • The late Judge Cassese's unrivalled expertise as a world-leading practitioner and highly-respected academic provides a breadth of knowledge and experience to enrich students' perspectives

New to this edition

  • All chapters have been substantially revised to incorporate new developments and all major decisions from the ICJ, the ITLOS, arbitration tribunals, the WTO dispute settlement organs, human rights courts, international criminal tribunals and the ICC, among other bodies
  • Includes a brand new chapter on international law and the global economy
  • Expanded coverage of territorial matters, the law of the sea, and maritime delimitation reflect advances in the area
  • More detailed development of topics such as international organisations, international environmental law, the law of treaties, and legal subjects

About the Author(s)

Paola Gaeta, Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Jorge E. Viñuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge, and Salvatore Zappalá, Professor of International Law, University of Catania

Table of Contents

    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 dimensions of state activities
    6:Immunities of states and state officials
    7:International organisations
    8:Individuals and other legal subjects
    Part III : International Law-making and Normative Interactions
    9:Law-making processes
    10:The law of treaties
    11:Normative interactions
    Part IV : Implementation of International Law
    12:International responsibility for wrongful acts
    13:Peaceful settlement of international disputes
    Part V : Contemporary Issues in International Law
    15:The role of the United Nations
    16:Collective security and the use of force
    17:Legal restraints on violence in armed conflict
    18:The protection of human rights
    19:The repression of international crimes
    20:The protection of the environment
    21:International law and the global economy


"Cassese's International Law manages to provide depth of analysis and accessible explanations at the same time, offering an informative and highly enjoyable read for students and scholars alike." - Antonio Coco, University of Essex

Additional Resources

Digital formats
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