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International Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 3rd Edition

Charlotte Ku and Paul F. Diehl, editors
International Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-627-9
2008/507 pages/LC: 2008025168
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"This volume not only collects some of the best essays written on international law during the past fifty years but also offers a bold new perspective on the subject.... The editors’ fresh perspective puts old insights in a new light and illuminates more recent work, including cutting-edge post–Cold War scholarship.... It is a rich, deeply satisfying and provocative collection."—Barbara Stark, American Journal of International Law

"A fascinating glimpse of the essential cornerstones of international law."—American Society of International Law Newsletter


Covering subjects ranging from treaties and dispute resolution to the environment, human rights, and terrorism, this anthology reveals the influence of international law on political behavior. The third edition has been updated with 13 new chapters that discuss emerging actors and structures, address the most pressing current issues, and consider the future evolution of the international legal system.


Charlotte Ku is professor and associate for global programs at Texas A&M University's School of Law.   Her publications include Democratic Accountability and the Use of Force in International Law and other works on subjects of international law and international organizations. Paul F. Diehl is Ashbel Smith Professor and associate provost at the University of Texas–Dallas. His publications include Peace Operations, War and Peace in International Rivalry, and  International Peacekeeping.


  • International Law as Operating and Normative Systems: An Overview—the Editors.
  • Sources of International Law
  • Hard and Soft Law in International Governance—K. Abbott and D. Snidal.
  • Traditional and Modern Approaches to Customary International Law: A Reconciliation—A. Roberts.
  • Normative Hierarchy in International Law—D. Shelton.
  • Participants in the International Legal Process
  • The New Treaty Makers—J.E. Alvarez.
  • Nongovernmental Organizations and International Law—S. Charnovitz.
  • Implementation and Compliance with International Law
  • Compliance with International Agreements—B. Simmons.
  • Filling In the Gaps: Extrasystemic Mechanisms for Addressing Imbalances Between the International Legal Operating and Normative Systems--the Editors.
  • Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction—The Princeton Project.
  • International Legal Structures
  • A Babel of Judicial Voices?  Ruminations from the Bench—R. Higgins.
  • The Place of the WTO and Its Law in the International Legal Order—P. Lamy.
  • The Role of the International Criminal Court in Enforcing International Criminal Law—P. Kirsch.
  • To Regulate the Use of Force
  • "Jus ad Bellum," "Jus in Bello"..."Jus post Bellum"?—Rethinking the Conception of the Law of Armed Force—C. Stahn.
  • Legal Control of International Terrorism: A Policy Oriented Assessment—M.C. Bassiouni.
  • For the Protection of Individual Rights
  • The Evolving International Human Rights System—T. Buergenthal.
  • The Responsibility to Protect: Humanitarian Concern and the Lawfulness of Armed Intervention—C.C. Joyner.
  • For the Protection of the Environment
  • International Environmental Agreements: A Survey of Their Features, Formation, and Effects—R. Mitchell.
  • Responsibility for Biological Diversity Conservation Under International Law—C. Tinker.
  • Managing the Commons
  • The Territorial Temptation: A Siren Song at Sea—B. Oxman.  
  • Towards a New Regime for the Protection of Outer Space as a Province of All Mankind—D. Tan.         
  • The Future of International Law
  • The Yahoo Case and Conflict of Laws in the Cyberage—M. Reimann.
  • The Future of International Law Is Domestic (or, The European Way of Law)—A. Slaughter and W. Burke-White. 
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