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International Law

Gleider Hernández

April 2019

ISBN: 9780198748830

664 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 presents 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 a glossary of international law terms and abbreviations, bi-annual updates on changes affecting the law since publication, and more

About the Author(s)

Gleider Hernández, Professor of Public International Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Open Universiteit Nederland

Gleider Hernández is Professor of Public International Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Open Universiteit Nederland. Previously, he was Associate Professor (Reader) in Public International Law at Durham Law School and founding Deputy Director of the Durham Global Policy Institute. He is also 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.

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


"This is the international law textbook that we have been missing. Rigorous, authoritative and contemporary; bringing international law alive without sacrificing doctrine and precision." - Dr Andreas Kotsakis, Oxford Brookes University

"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

Online resources accompany this book, providing additional support for students. These include:
- Video clips presented by the author
- Discussion questions with answer guidance
- Critical thinking frameworks
- History of international law timeline
- Links to key resources
- A glossary of international law terms
- Updates on changes affecting the law since publication

For further insight into international law, visit Gleider Hernández on Twitter at @gleiderignacio.

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