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International Law

Second Edition

Gleider Hernández

May 2022

ISBN: 9780192848260

720 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

A rigorous and contemporary approach to public international law, supported by engaging and thought-provoking learning features.



International Law provides a comprehensive yet student-focused approach to the subject, providing a contemporary and stimulating account of international law. With critical coverage delivered through a wide range of learning features, students are encouraged to engage with legal debates and controversies.

  • Offers comprehensive and critical coverage of the central issues in public international law, introducing the key areas of debate in an engaging and accessible way
  • Takes a contemporary approach to international law, encouraging students to engage with areas of controversy and consider how they affect the world today
  • Supported by thought-provoking learning features, including theory and debate boxes, contemporary developments, case spotlights, historical background boxes, and annotated recommended reading
  • Accompanied by online resources, featuring author videos, discussion questions, critical thinking frameworks, and more
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of recent ICJ judgments and opinions of note, including the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago opinion, Application of the Genocide Convention (The Gambia v Myanmar), Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council Certain Iranian Assets (Iran v United States), Jahdav (India v Pakistan), Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v France), Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v Venezuela), Alleged Violation of the 1955 Treaty (Iran v United States).
  • Coverage of other regional and international courts, including ITLOS (e.g. Mauritius v Maldives); ICC decisions such as Prosecutor v Ntaganda, Prosecutor v Al Bashir (Jordan Referral), and Prosecutor v Ongwen; ECtHR judgments such as Georgia v Russia (II), Carter v Russia, Nait-Liman v Switzerland, and Hussein v Belgium; ECJ judgments (e.g. Intel v European Commission); and the IACtHR advisory opinion on the environment.
  • Integration of key proposals of the ILC, including work on customary international law, peremptory norms, immunity of State officials, crimes against humanity, and protection of the atmosphere.
  • New domestic court judgments, including Urgenda v the Netherlands (the Netherlands), Begum v Home Secretary (UK), the prosecution of Rodolfo Martín Villa (Argentina), Burkov v Minister of Justice (Israel), Nevsun Resources v Araya (Canada).
  • Commentary on the potential implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on international law, including derogations of human rights, suspension of obligations due to emergency, and regimes such as global health law and civil aviation.
  • Coverage of ongoing debates and proposals including the new potential crime of 'ecocide', the human rights obligations of multinational corporations, cyber operations, and biodiversity in areas of common concerns.
  • Treatment of recent events including conflicts in northern Syria and between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the extradition of Burkov, the drone strike against Soleimani, and Iran-Israel cyber operations.

About the Author(s)

Gleider Hernández, Professor of Public International Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Gleider Hernández is Professor of Public International Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Previously, he was Associate Professor (Reader) in Public International Law at Durham University, where he was founding Deputy Director of the Global Policy Institute, and Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice. He is General Editor of Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction (Oxford Scholarship Online), and the author of The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function (Oxford University Press), which was shortlisted for the 2014 Peter Birks Prize. Since 2021, he is Secretary-General of the European Society of International Law.

Table of Contents

    Part I The Structure of International Law
    1:The history and nature of international law
    2:Sources of international law
    3:Hierarchy of norms in international law
    4:International law and municipal law
    Part II Subjects of International Law
    5:States as subjects of international law
    6:International organizations
    Part III International Law in Operation
    7:The law of treaties
    10:State responsibility
    Part IV International Disputes and Responses to Breaches
    11:Diplomatic protection and issues of standing
    12:International dispute settlement and the ICJ
    13:Enforcement short of force
    14:The use of force and collective security
    Part V Specialized Regimes
    15:The law of armed conflict
    16:International human rights and refugee law
    17:International criminal law
    18:The law of the sea
    19:The protection of the environment
    20:International economic law


"Review from previous edition International Law succeeds splendidly. It is student-friendly in ways that do not compromise accuracy or the recognition of complexity, and it will be the catalyst for many future careers and contributions. " - John R Morss (2020) 21 Melbourne Journal of International Law 230

"Impressive, comprehensive, extremely well written and engaging, using special features to spur further understanding of context, case law and critical thinking." - Solange Mouthaan, University of Warwick

"An outstanding contribution to international legal scholarship. The analysis is highly contextualised with vivid examples drawn from historical or contemporary state and judicial practices." - Dr Ricardo Pereira, Cardiff University

"Delivering a comprehensive introduction that is both accessible and engaging, this text will surely entice new students to dig deeper into the subject. " - Dr Kasey McCall-Smith, University of Edinburgh

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

The second edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

· The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

There is also a wide range of online resources that support the book, including:
· Author tutorial videos for each chapter
· Discussion questions
· Critical thinking frameworks
· A glossary of international law terms

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