International Law


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

Product Description


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.