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Aust (international and constitutional law consultant and former deputy legal adviser of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London) takes a "handbook" approach to the introduction of international law, aiming to explain the practical principles and rules of international law clearly and concisely, while avoiding theory and speculation as far as possible. He has also sought to utilize primary sources--treaties, judgments, and authoritative commentaries--as much as possible in his explanations. Chapters cover states and recognition; territory; jurisdiction; the law of treaties; diplomatic privileges and immunities; state immunity; nationality, aliens, and refugees; international organizations; the United Nations and the use of force; human rights; the law of armed conflict; international criminal law; terrorism; the law of the sea; international environmental law; international civil aviation; special regimes; international economic law; succession of states; state responsibility; settlement of disputes; and the European Union. The material is current as of July of 2009. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
On the publication of its first edition, this textbook was welcomed as the definitive study of treaty law written from the viewpoint of an experienced practitioner. As with the first, this edition aims to provide the student and practitioner with a full understanding of the law and updates existing information and refines previous arguments. New to its scope of examination is the study of the use of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) in litigation, the treaty-making capacity of entities such as the Vatican, Taiwan and Palestine, and the effect of hostilities on treaties. Given their increasing importance, there is also a new chapter on international organisations, including an attempt to explain the sometimes baffling roles in treaty-making played by the European Community and European Union. Students and practitioners alike will find this an invaluable guide to this increasingly important subject.
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