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INTERNATIONAL LAW

International Court of Justice Series

C. Tofan (ed.)
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Published: 07-2009
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 1875-3132

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The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began its work in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (the Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America). The Court`s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies. The Court is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

The first volume of the collection has been published and contains basic documents related to the Court. Some treaties that confer jurisdiction on the ICJ are included in this book, among which: "Convention on Rights and Duties of States (Montevideo Convention)", "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", Declaration on the Definition of Agression", "1978 State Immunity Act", "Convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of international watercourses".

The series is divided into 3 parts:
Part A: This part contains volumes with documents and related materials on the establishment and history of the International Court of Justice. The Permanent Court of International Justice documents are included in this part.
Part B: This part contains documents on the Court such as the latest version of the Statute and Rules of Procedure.
Part C: This part contains the cases brought before the Court.
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International Law

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International Law

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Selected documents
C.Tofan
Pages: 1300 pages
Shipping Weight: 2500 gram
Published: 07-2008
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058503343

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International law deals with the relationships between states, or between persons or entities in different states. It sub-divides into "public international law" and private international law (also called conflict of laws). When used without an adjective, "international law" generally refers to "public international law." Thus, public international law is defined as "the system of law which regulates the activities of entities possessing international personality."

International treaty law is comprised of obligations states expressly and voluntarily accept between themselves in treaties. Customary international law is derived from the consistent practice of States accompanied by opinio juris, i.e. the conviction of States that the consistent practice is required by a legal obligation. Judgments of international tribunals as well as scholarly works have traditionally been looked to as persuasive sources for custom in addition to direct evidence of state behavior. Attempts to codify customary international law picked up momentum after the Second World War with the formation of the International Law Commission (ILC). Codified customary law has made the binding interpretation of the underlying custom by agreement through treaty. For states not party to such treaties, the work of the ILC may still be accepted as custom applying to those states. General principles of law are those commonly recognized by the major legal systems of the world.Certain norms of international law achieve the binding force of peremptory norms (jus cogens) as to include all states with no permissible derogations. Legal principles common to major legal systems may also be invoked to supplement international law when necessary.

In these 2 volumes we have picked out what we thought as being the most significant conventions, recommendations, declarations, protocols, comments, guidelines, principles and measures, creating , thus, a compilation of selected documents on the most important issues of the international law.

There are thirteen basic issues/subjects debated in the book, each and every issue/subject being outlined through/ by the most representative instruments, deeds, acts and documents.

This is the second publication in the International Law Series of WLP. The first volume is titled: Laws of war in International Law.

 

March 2020
98 pages
Andres B. Munoz Mosquera B. Munoz Mosquera Nikoleta Paraskevi Chalanouli
ISBN: 9789462405776

The North Atlantic Treaty does not have records or offi cial minutes of the constituents’ interactions between 1948-1949 nor travaux préparatoires to refer to. There are no collective documents or a drafting history with documentary evidence. There is, however, a two-page paper with a series of agreed interpretations of the treaty made by the Ambassadors Committee. The agreement was reached on the meaning of certain phrases and articles, but was not considered formal or for publication, it constituted simply the understanding of the representatives participating in the discussions as to the interpretation of those phrases and articles. Other documents available are wires exchange between representatives and their capitals; the British and French representatives’ exchanges are available. This is not suffi cient. For this reason, it is imperative to reconstruct what is available. This also makes necessary to address the three general multilateral treaties, NATO SOFA and its Protocol of Paris and the Ottawa Agreement, accompanied by the ‘rules of the organization’, which together cover not only the institutional requirements of NATO, but also create three difference international organizations within NATO. This all show the complexity of NATO as an international organization, arcanus, which is reinforced by the lack of formal travaux to shed light on certain particularities of NATO. The historical account of the four rounds of negotiations, the description of NATO governing treaties particularities with respect to NATO’s institutionalization, and the analysis of the North Atlantic Treaty provisions under the light of the above and NATO’s practice may cover the gap left by the absence of travaux and help academics and practitioners in their endeavours to decipher NATO’s complexities.

April 2018
84 pages
Chiun Min Saeh

ISBN: 9789462405004

The subjects of child soldiers and conflict-related sexual violence have recurrently been explored but issue of child soldiers who are being sexually violated during armed warfare seem to be a legal gap in international criminal and humanitarian law. International humanitarian law does not generally regulate the conduct of combatants towards other combatants in the same armed group as the conduct of fighters towards soldiers on the same side of the conflict would presumably be monitored by their own internal discipline framework. Whilst there may be a universal understanding that any harmful attacks would be against the enemy, sexual violence is inflicted extensively on both sides equally and in this context, against child soldiers who have limited protection by the law and their own militaries. On that account, this book examines how international criminal law punishes perpetrators who sexually abuse child soldiers within their own troops and how international humanitarian law protects these victims. The distinction between direct/indirect and active participation and its significance/consequences is explored as well as question of when sexual slavery begins and ends with regards to participation of child soldiers and the issue of membership of child soldiers in armed forces. This book also investigates if children who were conscripted and enlisted as child soldiers have separate standards of accountability for the crimes they commit, specifically with regards to the ongoing case of Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court as its point of convergence. Despite the promising progress Bosco Ntaganda’s case at the ICC has made, it falls short with engaging in these complex legal questions as it assumes that sexual slavery and participation in hostilities occur at separate times when neither of these exist in a vacuum. Therefore, the limits of international criminal law and humanitarian law in this sphere is delved into with reference to relevant case laws.

 

 

Neerlands Koopvaardij onder Vuur

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Neerlands Koopvaardij onder Vuur

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Volkenrechtelijke Verplichtingen voor het toestaan van Private Gewapende Beveiliging
P.S.M. Rademakers
Pages: 78 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 09-2014
Publisher: WLP
Language: NL
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462401457

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Neerlands rechtsfilosoof Hugo de Groot tekende het in de zeventiende eeuw al op: Involge het volkenrecht heeft eenieder de macht om vrij handel te kunnen drijven. Komt dit ook de hedendaagse Nederlandse koopvaarder toe? Hebben Nederlandse handelsschepen het recht om zich te beschermen, of staan zij machteloos wanneer een piraat met een raketwerper aanvalt?

Hoewel de Staat der Nederlanden al enkele jaren groepen mariniers aan boord van zijn koopvaardijschepen inzet, middels zogenaamde Vessel Protection Detachements, vinden reders de teams te duur, te groot in omvang en niet flexibel genoeg om ze op ieder schip in te zetten. Maar gezien het monsteren van private gewapende beveiligers niet is toegestaan, lijkt de Nederlandse koopvaarder tussen wal en schip te vallen.

Is deze koers houdbaar, of bestaat er een juridische verplichting tot het beschermen van de koopvaardij tegen piraterij, of zelfs tot het toestaan van private gewapende beveiligers? Door analyse van het zeerecht, het Europees Verdrag voor de Rechten van de Mens en het jus cogens geeft dit boek antwoord op voorgaande vragen.

Zofia Stachowska
Pages: 457 pages
Shipping Weight: 650 gram
Published: 12-2013
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058871732

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This book presents the most important documents on the subject of national minority rights. As the topic of minority protection is very broad, the book mainly focuses on the legislation regarding protection of national/ethnic minorities. The aim is to display how the international law concerning the issue of national minority protection has developed throughout years within Universal and regional systems and to serve as a useful tool for students and scholars. The book contains the documents or part of the documents concerning national minorities (mostly from the United Nations System and European regional systems - OSCE, Council of Europe and European Union) as these are the systems with the most advanced legislation on the subject of minority rights protection. The regional systems from Africa, the Americas, and Asia are represented by their legislation regarding general human rights, since these regions have not developed systems that explicitly protect minorities yet.

 

Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade & Dean Spielmann
Pages: 48 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 01-2014
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462400733

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Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade traces the line of evolution of the realization of international justice along one century. In the current era of international tribunals, he identifies the advances achieved in their common mission, the current challenges faced by them, and the prospects for the future.President Dean Spielmann underlines the close link between the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights and the need to maintain this link in order to preserve harmony in the case-law at international level.

Le Juge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade trace les lignes de l`évolution du droit international au cours d`un siècle. Dans la période actuelle des tribunaux internationaux, il identifie les avancées dans leur mission commune, les défis auxquels ils font face actuellement et les perspectives d`avenir. Le Président Dean Spielmann met en exergue le lien étroit entre la Cour internationale de Justice et la Cour européenne des droits de l`homme et la nécessité de maintenir ce lien pour préserver l`harmonie jurisprudentielle au niveau international.

English / French publication!

The Advisory opinion on Israel
Solon Solomon
Pages: 212 pages
Shipping Weight: 410 gram
Published: 07-2009
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504371

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The Legal Advisor of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee: A comprehensive legal, professional approach to a major security issue. The author`s analysis of the various legal arguments argued before the International Court of Justice, as well as their enrichment with new ones, shed light to a new dimension as far as justiciability of international disputes is concerned. Moreover, the inclusion also of the relevant decisions of the Israeli Supreme Court and their comparison with the Advisory Opinion of the Court`s international counterpart, render the book applicable and useful to the Israeli and international practitioner alike."

- Advocate Miri Frankel-Schor, the Legal Advisor of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Commitee -

From the introduction... While justiciability lato sensu factors are exterior to the international matter before the Court and do not affect irreversibly its non justiciable character which can be affirmed once these factors cease to exist, this is not the case with justiciability stricto sensu. There, the reasons of the matter’s non justiciability are embedded in it and cannot be separated from it, unless a change in the very essence of the issue occurs. In order to practically demonstrate the aforementioned remark, the advisory opinion on Israel’s security fence (hence the Opinion), will be used as an example. The treatise will argue that apart from non justiciability lato sensu issues, which could on their own lead to the non adjudication of the case such as the alleged bias of Judge Elaraby, the political motives behind the request, its high technical character as well as the lack of evidence, the Court should decline to render an opinion mainly due to reasons of non justiciability stricto sensu, attached to the very nature of the issue. In particular, these reasons can be found in the issue’s bilateral, contentious character and in the fence’s utter connection with the issue of the Israeli settlements. Although the Court itself opted to declare otherwise, it is true that the issue before it was of an intense bilateral character, since it was ultimately connected with that of the settlements. The latter, are deemed illegal by the Palestinians and legal by the Israeli side...

CONTENTS (ABRIDGED)
Chapter 1 The justiciability doctrine - Its nature and role in the adjucation of issues
Chapter 2 The justiciability doctrine and the advisory opinon on Israel`s security fence
Chapter 3 The Isreali Supreme Court and the security fence epilogue


The author, an international practitioner, has served in the Knesset Legal Department, in charge of international and constitutional issues. He has taken part in major symposia and international legal events and articles of his have been published in various legal journals. In 2008, after a relevant competition, the Hebrew University Law Faculty awarded him the George Weber award of excellency for his article on the legal status of the Gaza Strip and the relevant Israeli policy.

 

 







Reviews of the book

The Justiciability of International Disputes
http://internationallawobserver.eu/2010/08/03/book-review-solon-solomo
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13537121.2011.547280#h13

Piracy in a Legal Context

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Piracy in a Legal Context

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Prosecution of Pirates Operating off the Somali Coast
M.J. Middelburg
Pages: 114 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 03-2011
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058506344

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Piracy off the Somali coast has flourished since the Somali government collapsed in 1991. Somali pirates have been demanding million-dollar ransoms for the release of hostages, ships and cargoes. Naval ships patrolling in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean frequently capture pirates, but more than 90 per cent of the captured pirates have been released without facing trial.

This book examines Somali piracy and focuses on five possibilities for prosecution (i.e. prosecution in Somalia, the ICC, the flag State, third countries and an international piracy tribunal) of suspected Somali pirates within the framework of international law. The aim of this study is to paint a picture of the most preferable way to proceed on the prosecution of Somali pirates, in order to combat the international crime of piracy and to find a solution for impunity at national and international level.   

Annemarie Middelburg graduated cum laude in July 2010 with this master thesis. She completed the master International and European Public Law with a specialization in human rights law at Tilburg University. She is currently a research master student at Tilburg University.

Dennis Paling
Pages: 174 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 10-2017
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403901

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On 5th June 1989 an unknown man stopped the leading tank in a column entering Tiananmen Square, Beijing. His ultimate fate is unknown. His courage reflects the dilemma of brave people faced by the force of authority. The rule of law attempts to control excess of authority, but is often ineffective and illusory.

Realist jurisprudence acknowledges that the law is often flawed and unfairly administered and that the rule of law is an illusion. This book discusses the question what then should the individual do? It suggests that ethical realism is a wise approach: acknowledging that in reality the law is flawed, but attempting when possible to do what ethics suggest, applying the classical concept of internal or virtue ethics.


This approach has practical applications – it would be ethical to have a 2 state solution in the Middle East as was resolved by the UN General Assembly in 1947; it would be ethical for the UK to remain in the EEA established by the Treaty of Rome after 48.7% of UK voters wanted to remain and when the 2016 referendum and 2017 legislation referred only to the EU.


In the early 1960s I attended the realist jurisprudence lectures at Oxford and came away with a belief that the rule of law is an ideal rather than a reality but a belief that ethics encourage the individual to do what can be done in practice to alleviate failures of the rule of law.

Juan Soroeta Liceras
Pages: 343 pages
Shipping Weight: 475 gram
Published: 06-2014
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462401372

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Since joining the UN in 1955, its main bodies pressured Spain to proceed with the decolonization of "Spanish Sahara", which shortly after, and under the name of Western Sahara, was included in the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. When Spain was preparing the referendum of self-determination in 1975, the General Assembly asked for it to be suspended until the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion. This opinion established that in 1884 there were no ties of sovereignty between Morocco and Mauritania and the people of the Territory and that the conflict should be resolved through the exercise of the right of self-determination. Nevertheless, following the signing of the Madrid Agreements and the withdrawal of Spain from the territory, Morocco and Mauritania occupied it, forcing the Saharawi people to start a war of national liberation that would last until 1991. That year launched a Peace Plan negotiated by Morocco and the POLISARIO Front, which provided for the holding of the referendum on self-determination. When the MINURSO issued the composition of the census in 2000, Morocco decided to abandon the Peace Plan, accusing the UN of bias, thus leaving the conflict in an apparent impasse. Since 1975, the result of this conflict has seen the Saharawi people split between those who survive through international humanitarian aid in refugee camps in Tinduf, Algeria, and those who live in their own country under Moroccan occupation. This book explains the key issues of the conflict from the perspective of International law, with particular emphasis on the development of the Peace Plan as well as the causes and consequences of its paralysis.

A sample of some chapters can be found below!

About the Author

Juan Soroeta is Professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the University of the Basque Country. After more than twenty years of research, he is considered the most recognized Spanish specialist on the conflict in the former Spanish colony. In addition to this book, he has written and published numerous articles pertaining to this issue. As President of AIODH (International Association for Human Rights Monitoring) he has acted for many years as an international observer of the trials taking place in the Western Sahara and Morocco against Saharawi human rights activists.

International Law and Cyprus

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International Law and Cyprus

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Selected Historical Documents (part I)
J. Gulick, S. Fait, S. Fennell (eds)
Pages: 657 pages
Shipping Weight: 1100 gram
Published: 01-2010
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058500700

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The Republic of Cyprus was placed under British Administration in 1878 until it’s independence in 1960 (The Zürich and London Agreements). With these agreements, Cyprus became a consitutional democracy and is now a member of both the UN and the European Union (since 2004). The Republic of Cyprus is recognised internationally as it’s government is considered to be the legitimate government of the whole island. In the years after the recognition of Cyprus as a democracy, inter-communal violence broke out and UN forces were deployed in Cyrpus. An attempted invasion of Cyrpus by Turkey in 1964 was put to an end by the US President Lyndon Johnson. In 1967 Rauf Denktas and Glafkos Klerides tried to negotiate a settlement, which leaded to a temporary relief of the tension between both Parties. However, a coup d’etat of 1974 let to extreme violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, resulting in the invasion and occupation by Turkey in July 1974. From that moment on, Turkey controls the Northern Part of the Island.

The North part of the Island is not under effective control of the republic, is recognised by Turkey since 1983 as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TNRC) but not recognised by the international community. UN Security Council Resolution 541 (1983) does not recognise the TNRC as lawfull and called upon Turkey to retreat from Northern Cyrpus. The resolution furthermore called upon others not to support and recognise the TNRC. The last major effort to settle the dispute dates from 2004, when UN Secretary General Kofi Annan tried to negotiate reunification of both sides of the Island. Direct reason to start these negotiation was Cyprus’ upcoming membership of the European Union. This UN Comprehensive Settlement of The Cyprus Problem, known as the ‘Annan (Peace) Plan’, organised referenda in both the NOrth and the South, but gained support of the Turks only, as it was rejected by the Greeks. At present, there is a ceasefire between both parties, even though the United Nations still deploys troups.

The book provides the reader with a selection of historical documents, including the ones mentioned above, providing an overview of the international dispute that is going on for decades.

This book is interesting for does who work on the dispute between Cyprus and Turkey, but also for those who wish to know more about the involvement of the International Community in the Cyprus Conflict.

Protection of private property under international humanitarian and human rights law
E.B. Hilwig
Pages: 120 pages
Shipping Weight: 350 gram
Published: 07-2005
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058501196

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The construction of the Barrier in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and accompanying regime raises various issues of interest within the field of international law.

This research is focussed on the protection of Palestinian private real property. The main question is what legal protection is offered by the regimes of humanitarian and human rights law regarding private real property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the content of the seizure and destruction of property for the construction of the Barrier by Israel. Moreover, what legal action can be undertaken by both the individual Palestinians and the international community to enforce the relevant provisions?

The Stepsisters
Andrés B. Muñoz Mosquera
Pages: 64 pages
Shipping Weight: 165 gram
Published: 07-2007
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058502742

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Discussions on the relationship between International Law and International Relations is an old issue that has already taken place at the end of the XIX century, even before, being an example of it Stephen’s essay International Law and International Relations (1884).

This text intensively intends to highlight how much these two disciplines are interrelated, also underlining questions that apparently separate one from another. This work is a modest contribution to this interesting and eternal debate.

The author presents an essay of thoughts that wants to destroy the apparent dichotomy between International Law and International Relations. He presents an optimistic view on how these two disciplines can get along, finding the terms in common but conserving both their uniqueness and action capacity.Current international questions as Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq need an explanation. Those involved in their analysis cannot missed the discussion of thoughts and ideas that might bring some light to the understanding on the way states and their governments ride two horses, namely International Relations and International Law.

Instrumenten van humanitair oorlogsrecht
Nederlandse Rode Kruis, (red) mr. M.A.J. Hector, LL.M, drs. P.J.C. Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, LL. M
Pages: 338 pages
Shipping Weight: 700 gram
Published: 07-2006
Publisher: WLP
Language: NL
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058502162

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Deze verdragen vormen de kern van het humanitair oorlogsrecht. Het is geen verassing dat uitgerekend het Nederlandse Rode kruis deze uitgave heeft verzorgd.

Een van de kerntaken van het Nederlandse Rode Kruis is immers verspreiding van kennis over het humanitair oorlogsrecht in Nederland. Een uitgave als deze geeft duidelijk aan hoe sterk de band is tussen het Rode Kruis en de bescherming van mensen in oorlogstijd. Zo is in elk van de verdragen bepaald, dat alle personen die niet actief deelnemen aan de strijd onder alle omstandigheden humaan moet worden behandeld. Dus zonder uitzondering gebaseerd op ras, huidskleur, geloof, geslacht, geboorte, bezit, of andere gelijksoortige criteria. Dat is in overeenstemming met de Rode Kruis beginselen. Hierin ligt dan ook de fundamentele waarde van het Rode Kruis als Internationale Beweging: er wordt geen onderscheid gemaakt tussen mensen. Men is begaan met het menselijk lijden.



Selected basic documents and background materials
Hanna Weijers (ed.)
Pages: 622 pages
Shipping Weight: 1000 gram
Published: 07-2009
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058505101

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Since 1949, the world has changed enormously. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded as a defence against the threat of the Soviet Union. Today, with twenty-six members, NATO has a far different agenda than countering Russia. Current troops in different parts of the world are aiming to bring stability and security on a global scale.

The North Atlantic Treaty states that the members aim “to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.” As can be derived from this clause, NATO and the United Nations share a commitment to maintaining international peace and security. In September 2008, the UN and NATO established a framework for expanded consultation and cooperation between the two organizations. This will help both organizations to address threats and challenges more effectively.

This book provides a selection of basic documents and background materials, and includes the antecedents of the alliance, juridical texts and formal agreements from 1949 to 1997 and key policy documents (including the 2008 Bucharest Summit Declaration). North Atlantic Treaty Organisation: 60th Anniversary is of interest to anyone working in the field of international law.

 

Interrogating the Treaty

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Interrogating the Treaty

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Essays in the contemporary law of treaties
M. Craven & M. Fitzmaurice (eds.)
Pages: 270 pages
Shipping Weight: 600 gram
Published: 07-2005
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058501905

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The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties has come to assume an almost canonical significance for international lawyers. Its influence has been such that the law of treaties is no longer generally regarded by international lawyers as a particularly productive field for academic thought and debate. The purpose of this volume is to encourage some reconsideration of that assumption, inviting international lawyers to reflect not only upon what functions treaties may serve in a changing international environment, or upon the multifarious forms that treaty-making activity. To what extent may treaties construct and mould the identity of participating States? How far does treaty making advance or retard the pursuit of collective interests? What role do ideas of power or consent play in the field?

These and many other similar questions, are the subject of the essays in this collection.



The Wall

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The Wall

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Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
C. Tofan
Pages: 600 pages
Shipping Weight: 850 gram
Published: 07-2008
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058871978

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On 23 July 2001 the Israeli defence cabinet decided to construct a "security fence" in the West Bank with the proclaimed purpose of protecting Israel`s citizens against terrorist attacks and other threats carried out by Palestinians. The decision followed an unprecedented increase of Palestinian terrorist attacks inside Israeli borders since the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada in September 2000. The "fence" or "wall", as the obstacle will henceforth be referred to , has grave implications on the humanitarian situation of many Palestinians and is feared to jeopardise viability of a possible future state of Palestine. Pursuant to resolution ES-10/14 of 8 December 2003 the UN General Assembly requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to render an advisory opinion on the legality of "the wall" in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The long-term implications of the ICJ advisory opinion of 9 July 2004 are yet to be seen. Thus far only modest action has been taken by the relevant parties regarding implementation of the opinion.

Still, the Advisory Opinion can be seen as a landmark in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it represents "the first time ever that the International Court of Justice has been consulted by a United Nations organ with respect to any aspect regarding Palestine."

The purpose of this publication is to provide a practical collection of the main documents relevant to the advisory opinion on the wall.
The first part contains the request for the advisory opinion, the advisory opinion itself, and other documents issued by the ICJ. All documents pertinent to the proceedings before the court and issued by the ICJ have been included, except for the written statements and oral pleadings
The second part contains the main related documents relevant to the courts decision and relevant to its follow-up. The documents have been ordered by forum of issuance. For the case that chronological searches would be preferred a chronological list of these related documents has been inserted after the table of contents.