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International Law

International Law (1st edn)

Vaughan Lowe
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date: 15 June 2024

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  • 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 chapter presents some brief, final thoughts concerning the declining influence of the individual nation-State. It suggests that the power of the State is in decline when measured against the increasing power of other actors, such as international and supranational organizations. The result, however, is not so much an expansion in the scope of international law so as to claim all these other actors as its own, but rather that the boundaries between international law and neighbouring legal subjects are breaking down. The most important point is that all of the ground occupied by international law is shared with others who are not lawyers but men and women in the vast range of other professions and businesses whose cumulative efforts shape the world. While lawyers have a contribution to make going about resolving some of the most crucial problems that face the world, it is only one way among many.

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