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International Law

Third Edition

Anders Henriksen

May 2021

ISBN: 9780198869399

376 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Discussions of the most relevant new case law from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), including the advisory opinion on Chagos and the judgments and decisions on Certain Iranian Assets, The Jadhav Case, The Rohinga Genocide Case, and Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem
  • Discussions of current events related to international law, such as the Khashoggi affair, the Skripal-poisoning, the killing of Soleimani, the security laws in Hong Kong and the peace agreements between, respectively, Bahrain, the UAE and Sudan, and Israel.
  • Extensive coverage of Covid-19 and the legal issues surrounding a pandemic throughout relevant sections of the book.
  • More references to recent cases and developments in the discussion of the right to self-determination, such as the cases of Scotland, New Caledonia and Trump's offer to purchase Greenland
  • Updated the discussion of climate change, the Paris Agreement, and compensation for environmental damage
  • A new section on the potential legal personality of nature

About the Author(s)

Anders Henriksen, Former Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Anders Henriksen is now with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service. He is a former Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He has published widely on public international law; 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 Comprehensive, clearly structured textbook that stays close to the legal sources. A perfect book for bachelor students in international law. " - Brigit Toebes, University of Groningen

"It is a very suitable book. The size is very good, it is informative, clear, and the selection of examples to explain key concepts is very relevant for students in European Universities." - Pétur Dam Leifsson, University of Iceland

Additional Resources

The third 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
    The online resources that support the book include:
  • Short author podcasts introducing the core topics
  • Advice on answering the Questions for Discussion at the end of each chapter
  • Links to other international law resources

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