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International Law

Second Edition

Anders Henriksen

May 2019

ISBN: 9780198828723

384 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

The most student-focused approach, providing ideal coverage for short, foundational courses at European law schools.



International Law presents a student-focused approach to the subject; clearly written with non-native English-speaking students in mind, a range of learning features highlight the areas of debate and encourage students to engage critically with key disputes.

  • Provides comprehensive and concise coverage of the central issues in public international law, making this an ideal textbook for students taking short, introductory courses at European law schools
  • Clearly explained and written with non-native English-speaking students in mind, the core concepts are presented in an accessible and easy-to-follow style
  • Takes a critical perspective on various aspects of international law, introducing the controversies and areas of debate without assuming students' prior knowledge of the topics discussed
  • Supporting learning features, including central issues boxes, chapter summaries, recommended reading, and discussion questions highlight the essential points and encourage students to engage critically with the legal disputes

New to this edition

  • Fully updated to incorporate developments in international law and new case law, including Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya) [2017]
  • Increased coverage on the international legal protection of refugees; the regulation of piracy; shared state responsibility; diplomatic protection; the international legality of using force to deter chemical warfare; the regulation of belligerent occupation; and the current challenges to international law
  • Additional discussion of the legality of cyber operations, including the 2017 Tallinn Manual

About the Author(s)

Anders Henriksen, Former Professor, Centre for International Law and Justice, University of Copenhagen

Anders Henriksen is a former Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He is now with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service. He has published widely on public international law and security-related issues; the law and cyberspace; drone warfare; and the use of force.

Table of Contents

    1:: Foundations and structure of international law
    2::Sources of international law
    3::The law of treaties
    4::The actors in the international legal system
    6::Immunity from national jurisdiction and diplomatic protection
    7::State responsibility
    8::The international law of the sea
    9::International human rights law
    10::International environmental law
    11::International economic law
    12::The peaceful settlement of disputes
    13::The international regulation of the use of force
    14::The law of armed conflict
    15::International criminal law


"Review from previous edition I am impressed. The chapters are very well structured and, though concise, still in-depth. The chapter commentaries, recommended reading, and particularly the questions for discussion are excellent." - Professor Larissa van den Herik, Leiden University

"The writing style is clear and suitable for non-native English speakers. The author gives many examples to clarify the theory and this will certainly appeal to the students. I like that the author deals with international law issues from a civil law perspective, as this makes the book highly suitable for the European continent." - Dr Ingrid Westendorp, Maastricht University

"The author writes as though he is giving a lecture, explaining the key issues, rather than mapping out the complete subject area in excessive detail." - Märta Johansson, Örebro University

"The book is very clearly presented and concise. It is very accessible and presents all the relevant topics in a succinct and structured manner." - Dr Daniela Obradovic, University of Amsterdam

"The text is very informative, inventive, and uses contemporary examples to clarify the law." - Pétur Dam Leifsson, University of Iceland

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by a online resources
International Law offers a range of freely available materials to support lecturers and students in their studies. These resources include:

- Short podcasts introducing the core topics covered
- Advice on answering the Questions for Discussion at the end of each chapter
- Links to other international law resources