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International Law (Clarendon Law Series) [Paperback]

Vaughan Lowe
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27 Sep 2007 0199268843 978-0199268849
International Law is both an introduction to the subject and a critical consideration of its central themes and debates. The opening chapters of the book 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 book 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.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199268843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199268849
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That it is authored by a distinguished worthy of note. No less interesting are Lowe's views on the changing nature of international law (The Commonwealth Lawyer)

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Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read about a gloom subject 6 Feb 2009
Seriously, this book could inspire any non-international-law student and I think that's the best recommendation for any person. It's fun, and honest. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High-Brow Nutshell 2 Jun 2011
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"International Law" is a good overview of international law basics. The author knows how law functions in the real world of diplomats and officials; his analysis of how international law emerges from treaties and state practice is sophisticated; and his droll political asides make the book stand out from other introductory surveys. It's a classy performance. That said, prospective buyers should know that once the author descends from the mountaintop of "big picture" jurisprudence, he gives short shrift to the particulars of doctrine. His treatment of specific topics such as economic law, human rights, environmental law, and the use of force is very rushed.

Bottomline: "International Law" is a well-written, thought-provoking read, but law students and practicing lawyers may find it of only limited value. The ideal reader is probably a political science or international relations student looking to understand the basic concepts, vocabulary and methods of reasoning of international law.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Simple 3 Mar 2009
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Great Book. As a Legal Studies student I have found this book to be of huge help as both an introduction to International Law and as a reference. Lowe communicates points efficiently and with great examples of the different mechanisms involved in its process. Extremely well organized and definitely worth the time spent reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 3 Mar 2008
By CLAUDE D'ESTREE - Published on
If you have never taken a class in international law and you want a short, but very well written, introduction to the subject, this is the book for you. I strongly recommend it to all my students in public international law, international law & human rights, and international humanitarian law of armed conflict.
Prof. Claude d'Estree
Graduate School of International Studies
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