The Basics of International Law presents a comprehensive and accessible entry-level text which provides the most essential and basic rules and facts of international law in pocket format. This quick reference text offers UK-specific examples to contextualise international law concepts and directs the reader to further sources. Topics covered include: the place of international law in the national legal order; subjects of international law; sources of public international law; treaty law; jurisdiction; immunities; state responsibility; settlement of disputes; the enforcement of international law; peace and security; the law of international organisations; the United Nations; other global international organisations; regional intergovernmental organisations; international human rights; international criminal law; international economic law; and, international environmental law.
This chapter addresses international criminal law. It covers the development and character of international criminal law, international criminal responsibility, prosecution and punishment of international crimes by national authorities, international crimes in domestic criminal law, international criminal courts and tribunals, the International Criminal Court and its procedures, cross-border organised crime, terrorism, and international organisations for combating crime.
This chapter focuses on international economic law. It covers the development of international economic law, the World Trade Organization, the International Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, international monetary organisations, regional economic organisations and agreements, and development cooperation.
This chapter addresses international environmental law. It covers the internationalisation of environmental law, principles of environmental law, relevant UN conferences, institutionalisation, and environmental treaties.
This chapter focuses on international human rights. It covers the recognition and development of implementation and enforcement mechanisms in international human rights treaties, monitoring mechanisms, and regional human rights instruments.
This chapter introduces the foundations of international law. It covers the definition of public international law, the legal nature of public international law, historical developments, natural law and positivism, alternative approaches, sub-areas of international law, adjacent legal fields, and the nation state and international law.
This chapter provides a basic introduction to jurisdiction. To do so, it provides a definition of jurisdiction before it moves on to cover territorial jurisdiction, functional jurisdiction, areas outside national jurisdiction, demarcation of boundaries, personal jurisdiction, principles of criminal jurisdiction, national jurisdiction, extradition, and domestic nationality law.
This chapter focuses on international organisations. It covers the development of international organisations, the classification of international organisations, the membership of international organisations, the structure of international organisations, the powers of international organisations, the decision-making procedures of international organisations, the rules of procedure of international organisations, the budgetary affairs of international organisations, the immunities and privileges of international organisations, and the responsibility of international organisations.