An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective

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byLung-Chu Chen

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An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies the highly acclaimed approach developed by the New Haven School of International Law, holding international law as anongoing process of authoritative decision-making through which the members of the world community identify, clarify, and secure their common interests. Unlike conventional works in international law, this book is organized and structured in terms of the process of decision making in theinternational arena, and references both classic historical examples and contemporary events to illustrate international legal processes and principles.Using contemporary examples, this Third Edition builds on the previous editions by contextualizing and dramatizing recent events with reference to seven features that characterize the New Haven School approach to international law: participants, perspectives, arenas of decision, bases of power,strategies, outcomes, and effects. This new edition highlights cutting-edge ideas in international law, including the right to self-determination, the evolution of Taiwan statehood, the expanding scope of international concern and the duty of states to protect human rights, the trend towards greateraccountability for states and individual decision-makers under international law, and the vital role individual responsibility plays in the emerging field of international criminal law. It offers a new generation the intellectual tools needed to act as responsible citizens in a world communityseeking human dignity and human security for all people.

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An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies the highly acclaimed approach developed by the New Haven School of International Law, holding international law as anongoing process of authoritative decision-making t...

Dr. Lung-chu Chen is an internationally recognized scholar and Professor of Law at New York Law School, specializing in international law, human rights, and the United Nations. He previously served as Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He received his LL.B. with first-place ho...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionPart One / Delimitation of the Task1. International Law in a Policy-Oriented PerspectivePart Two / Participants2. Nation-States3. International Governmental Organizations4. Nongovernmental Organizations and Associations5. The IndividualPart Three / Perspectives6. Minimum World Order and Optimum World OrderPart Four / Arenas7. Establishment of and Access to Arenas of AuthorityPart Five / Bases of Power8. Control over Territory9. Control and Use of the Sea10. Control and Use of Other Resources11. Control of People: Nationality and Movement12. Protection of People: From Alien Rights to Human Rights13. Vertical Allocation of Authority14. Horizontal Allocation of AuthorityPart Six / Strategies15. The Diplomatic Instrument16. International Agreements17. The Ideological Instrument18. The Economic Instrument19. The Military InstrumentPart Seven / Outcomes20. The Intelligence Function21. The Promoting Function22. The Prescribing (Lawmaking) Function23. The Invoking Function24. The Applying Function25. The Terminating Function26. The Appraising FunctionPart Eight / Effects27. Succession of States28. Responsibility of States29. Individual Criminal ResponsibilityPart Nine / Prospects30. Toward a World Community of Human DignityBibliographyList of TreatiesIndex

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"The third edition of An Introduction to Contemporary International Law is a remarkable rarity, a masterfully updated overview and organization of international law in terms of a Realist-type process orientation and categorizations developed by the New Haven School of International Law. Thisunique and acclaimed work is a necessary addition to an adequate international law collection and will continue to guide numerous students and practitioners of international law." --Jordan J. Paust, Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor, University of Houston Law Center