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International Law

International Law (1st edn)

Vaughan Lowe
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date: 19 July 2024

1. Introduction and Overview

The Ambit of International Lawlocked

1. Introduction and Overview

The Ambit of International Lawlocked

  • Vaughan LoweVaughan LoweQC Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford


Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This book is a text about international law, not a text of international law. It tries to explain what international law does and how the international legal system operates, but not to set out a comprehensive or systematic account of what the rules of international law are. This introductory chapter provides a brief outline of the scope and nature of international law. It discusses the changing scope of international law; the emergence of international organizations; the emergence of new international actors; why people should comply with international law; and how international law is invoked and applied.

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