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The Cambridge Companion to International Law Hardcover – 26 Jan 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-0521190886 ISBN-10: 0521190886 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (26 January 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521190886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521190886
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 862 g
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From the title alone one might anticipate a weighty and perhaps a somewhat dry collection. The opposite is the case. The eighteen-chapter book is by no means lightweight in its intellectual content but especially in paperback form, is extremely reader-friendly an excellent resource for students perhaps alongside one of the better cases and materials options. Our students want to know how international law fits in with, and either challenges or contributes to, the world s problems. For them as well as for practitioners, researchers and the interested wider public, this is an excellent collection and a timely reminder that international law is on the map just as so many Australian scholars are contributing to the discipline. -John R Morss, Deakin University Law School, Newsletter of International Law Association"

"From the title alone one might anticipate a weighty and perhaps a somewhat dry collection. The opposite is the case. The eighteen-chapter book is by no means lightweight in its intellectual content but especially in paperback form, is extremely reader-friendly an excellent resource for students perhaps alongside one of the better cases and materials options. Our students want to know how international law fits in with, and either challenges or contributes to, the world s problems. For them as well as for practitioners, researchers and the interested wider public, this is an excellent collection and a timely reminder that international law is on the map just as so many Australian scholars are contributing to the discipline."
John R Morss, Deakin University Law School, Newsletter of International Law Association"

"What makes the book exceptional is the fact that the authors of each chapter present political and theoretical issues from both traditional and critical perspectives, providing valuable insight for a public interested in each field of international law."
CEU Political Science Journal

"What the Cambridge Companion will do is to introduce the reader to international law s underlying contradictions, to its regressive tendencies, and to its liberating potential. International law, like all law, is a tool - and as a "science of the superstructure" it is a tool used mainly to conserve and perpetuate the status quo; the Cambridge Companion comes at it from a decidedly critical (read: progressive) bend, exposes its biases, but also demonstrates how "small change" may realise its power to liberate and protect."
Antonios Tzanakopoulos, British Yearbook of International Law"

About the Author

James Crawford is Whewell Professor of International Law and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1992 to 2001 and Special Rapporteur on State Responsibility from 1997 to 2001. He has also been a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission. In addition to scholarly work on statehood, self-determination, collective rights and international responsibility, he has appeared frequently before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals and is actively engaged as expert, counsel and arbitrator.

Martti Koskenniemi is Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and Director of the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights. He worked as diplomat with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1978 to 1994, representing Finland in a number of international institutions and conferences. As member of the UN International Law Commission (2002 6) he chaired the Study group on the 'Fragmentation of International Law'. He has written widely on international law topics and his present research interests cover the theory and history of the field.

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