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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.

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Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

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.

in The basics of international law
Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter highlights the varying nature of relationships which exist between international law and national (domestic) law. It covers direct effect, monism and dualism, monism and dualism in practice, rules of international law having direct or indirect effect, and national government bodies and international law.

in The basics of international law
Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter covers the subjects of international law and considers the concept of international legal personality and the forms it can take, how it relates to states, how it connects to recognition of intergovernmental organisations and liberation movements, and more recent forms of international legal personality.

in The basics of international law
Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter addresses the sources of international law. It covers the sources of international law more broadly before introducing treaties, customary international law, decisions of international organisations, other sources of law, and the relationship between international sources of law and legal rules.

in The basics of international law
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Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter provides greater detail on treaty law. It covers sources of treaty law, the entry into force of treaties, reservations to treaties, interpretation of treaties, the validity and effect of treaties, state succession in respect of treaties, and national law and the entry into force of treaties.

in The basics of international law
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Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

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.

in The basics of international law
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Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter addresses immunities. To do so, it covers limitation of territorial jurisdiction, state immunity, derived immunities, and diplomatic immunities.

in The basics of international law
Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

The focus of this chapter is state responsibility. The chapter introduces the concept of state responsibility and then covers international wrongful acts, circumstances precluding wrongfulness, cessation and compliance, and diplomatic protection.

in The basics of international law
Math Noortmann
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Luke D. Graham

This chapter addresses the settlement of disputes. It covers general and special rules, diplomatic methods, international arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the panel procedures of the World Trade Organization, and the Inspection Panel of the World Bank.

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