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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199213798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199213795
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book is an ideal short introduction to the subject for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students. (King's Law Journal)

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Alan Boyle is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-author of International Law and the Environment and was General Editor of the ICLQ from 1998 until 2006. He is a barrister and also practises in international courts and tribunals.

Christine Chinkin is Professor of International Law, LSE, Overseas Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Michigan and an academic member of Matrix Chambers. She is Director of Studies of the International Law association. Her co-authored work with Hilary Charlesworth, The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis (2000) was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for an 'outstanding contribution to scholarship.'

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contemporary methods of making international law 25 Feb. 2011
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From its title, one may be tempted to think that this is a text about conventional sources of international law. Chinkin & Alan Boyle rather discuss the parallel; that is, the contemporary methods of making international law (processes, instruments and actors).
States traditionally are the most important actors in international law, other actors are also influential (courts, NGOs, international organizations, individuals and pressure groups), all of which are contributing in the advancement of contemporary international law.

Their various roles are very crucial for contemporary international law making because new global threats and challenges (terrorism, Viruses, climate change, drugs...) also call for new solutions. NATO for instance is aimed at providing a collective umbrella for its members against security threats. The authors concur that for any solution to gain roots, legitimacy will have to be a factor in compliance pull.

The incorporation of natural law theories into international law making (Jus cogens, erga omnes obligations for example) have been useful in uplifting fundamental human values, translated as universal principles.

Law-making, the authors concede must not be the end of the story but rather the beginning, because however sound the law maybe at point in time, there would always be some unforeseeable shortcomings. The collapsing of territorial boundaries with the advent of the internet for example, is one indication why instruments of international law regulations must be strengthened and kept on the alert.
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