Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. International Law is both an introduction to the subject and a critical consideration of its central themes and debates. The opening chapters of the volume explain how international law underpins the international political and economic system by establishing the basic principle of the independence of States, and their right to choose their own political, economic, and cultural systems. Subsequent chapters then focus on considerations that limit national freedom of choice (e.g. human rights, the interconnected global economy, the environment). Through the organizing concepts of territory, sovereignty, and jurisdiction the text shows how international law seeks to achieve an established set of principles according to which the power to make and enforce policies is distributed among States.
Keywords:international law, legal thought, economic system, cultural system, political system, national freedom of choice, human rights, territory, sovereignty
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- 1. Introduction and Overview: The Ambit of International Law
- 2. How International Law is Made
- 3. The Principles of the International Legal System
- 4. States
- 5. Inside the State
- 6. The Global Economy
- 7. The Global Environment
- 8. The Use of Force
- 9. Postscript