International Law: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | December 26, 2015

byVaughan Lowe

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Interest in international law has increased greatly over the past decade, largely because of its central place in discussions such as the Iraq War and Guantanamo, the World Trade Organisation, the anti-capitalist movement, the Kyoto Convention on climate change, and the apparent failure of theinternational system to deal with the situations in Palestine and Darfur, and the plights of refugees and illegal immigrants around the world. This Very Short Introduction explains what international law is, what its role in international society is, and how it operates. Vaughan Lowe examines what international law can and cannot do and what it is and what it isn't doing to make the world a better place. Focussing on the problems the worldfaces, Lowe uses terrorism, environmental change, poverty, and international violence to demonstrate the theories and practice of international law, and how the principles can be used for international co-operation.

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Interest in international law has increased greatly over the past decade, largely because of its central place in discussions such as the Iraq War and Guantanamo, the World Trade Organisation, the anti-capitalist movement, the Kyoto Convention on climate change, and the apparent failure of theinternational system to deal with the situa...

Vaughan Lowe QC is Emeritus Chichele Professor of Public International Law and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford. He practices as a barrister and arbitrator from Essex Court Chambers, London, and has advised governments and corporations around the world on matters of international law. He is the author of ma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:December 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199239339

ISBN - 13:9780199239337

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Nations Under Law2. Where does international law come from?3. Freedom from external interference4. Sovereignty inside the State5. What international law does well6. What international law does badly (or not at all)ReferencesFurther ReadingUbdex