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 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.
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 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 the United Nations. It covers the foundation and development of the UN, the objectives and principles of the UN, the UN organs, the relations between the different UN bodies, the powers and functions of the UN agencies, the voting procedures of the UN, the immunities and privileges of the UN, the responsibility of the UN, and the relationship between the UN and the development of international 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.
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 addresses peace and security. It covers the prohibition of (armed) force, exceptions to the prohibition on (armed) force, UN peace operations, international humanitarian law, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
This chapter addresses global international organisations other than the UN. First, it compares the UN with other international organisations before examining the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the International Maritime Organization.
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.