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Public International Law

Public International Law

2nd edition

By John H Currie


In the wake of the calamitous events of September 11, 2001, public international law has endured some of the greatest tests of its history and emerged as one of the most resilient and potent tools available to human society in facing the unsettling global conditions of the early twenty-first century.

The second edition of Public International Law provides a systematic introduction to the international legal system, including its key structural and institutional aspects as well as its core substantive topics. Analysis of all topics has been extensively revised and expanded since the first edition in order to reflect the many legal changes that have occurred since 2001. Several new discussions have also been introduced, considerably expanding the substantive coverage of the text. In particular, given the centrality of the topic to the functioning of the modern international legal system, an entirely new chapter on the use of force in international relations has been added.


Introduction: Nature and origins of public international law
International legal personality: the subjects of international law
Sources of international law
The law of treaties
Customary international law
Reception of international law in domestic law
States and territory
State jurisdiction
Jurisdictional immunities
International protection of human rights
The use of force in international relations
State responsibility
Glossary/Table of Cases/Index

Published November 2008
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552211397
Australian RRP $75.00
International Price $70.00
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