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This text provides a unique mix of cases, articles, documents, text, charts, tables, questions, and problems to pique student interest and enhance understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

This textbook on international law outlines fundamental concepts like extraterritorial jurisdiction and sovereignty, then details the existing system of treaties, diplomacy, arbitration, and adjudication. The book describes the roles of states, organizations, individuals and corporations, and brings particular attention to current controversies surrounding violence, human rights, the environment, and economic globalization. Slomanson teaches at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"One of the few texts to address Islam and international law…To my mind there is no undergraduate textbook on the present market that does as comprehensive and inclusive study of economics in such a confined space from a legal perspective than this undergraduate textbook." Robert Bledsoe, University of Central Florida

"International Law is thorough, challenging, and accessible, all key ingredients for a successful semester…This text prepares students for further studies in international law in a way that other textbooks fail to achieve." Tina Mueller, University of Nebraska

"Slomanson …meet(s) the demand for more detail and depth." Wesley Millner, University of Evansville

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314063991
  • Publisher: West Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600

Meet the Author

William Slomanson is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. His military experience in Viet Nam sparked his interest in law and relations among nations. After earning his Juris Doctorate, he obtained a second law degree in International Law from Columbia University School of Law in New York. His eighth book, FUNDAMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL LAW, has been adopted for classroom use by one hundred and thirty-six universities in three countries. He has written many law review articles and legal opinion editorials. Professor Slomanson is the Chair (1995) and Newsletter Editor (1992) of the "UN21" Section of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Table of Cases xi
Table of Treaties, Resolutions, and Miscellaneous Instruments xv
Preface xxi
Chapter 1 What Is International Law? 1
Introduction 1
1.1 International Law at Work 3
1.2 Definition and Scope 5
1.3 Sources of International Law 11
1.4 Private International Law 27
1.5 Related Disciplines 34
1.6 National-International Law Nexus 38
1.7 Is International Law Really Law? 42
Summary 44
Problems 46
Bibliography 47
Endnotes 48
Chapter 2 States 53
Introduction 53
2.1 Legal Personality of the State 54
2.2 Shifting State Infrastructure 60
2.3 Recognition 64
2.4 Changes in State Status 73
2.5 State Responsibility 79
2.6 Sovereign Immunity 81
Summary 90
Problems 91
Bibliography 96
Endnotes 97
Chapter 3 Organizations 101
Introduction 101
3.1 Legal Personality of Organizations 102
3.2 Classification of Organizations 112
3.3 United Nations 115
3.4 European Union 137
3.5 Other International Organizations 144
3.6 Organizational Immunity 159
Summary 163
Problems 165
Bibliography 168
Endnotes 169
Chapter 4 Individuals and Corporations 173
Introduction 173
4.1 Legal Personality of the Individual 174
4.2 Nationality, Statelessness, and Refugees 180
4.3 Corporate Nationality 194
4.4 Injury to Aliens 197
Summary 206
Problems 207
Bibliography 209
Endnotes 209
Chapter 5 Extraterritorial Jurisdiction 213
Introduction 213
5.1 Definitional Setting 214
5.2 Five Jurisdictional Principles 215
5.3 Extradition 223
5.4 State Jurisdiction and the Internet 232
5.5 International Judicial Assistance 237
Summary 238
Problems 239
Bibliography 241
Endnotes 241
Chapter 6 Range of Sovereignty 245
Introduction 245
6.1 Categories of Territory 246
6.2 Dominion Over Land 247
6.3 Law of the Sea 257
6.4 Airspace Zones 280
Summary 295
Problems 297
Bibliography 299
Endnotes 300
Chapter 7 Diplomatic Relations 303
Introduction 303
7.1 Foreword to International Diplomacy 304
7.2 Diplomatic and Consular Functions 309
7.3 Extraterritoriality and Diplomatic Asylum 318
7.4 Immunities and Abuse of Immunity 325
Summary 334
Problems 335
Bibliography 336
Endnotes 337
Chapter 8 Treaty System 339
Introduction 339
8.1 Definition and Classification 340
8.2 Formation, Performance, Cessation 348
8.3 United States Treaty Practice 366
8.4 Economic Coercion Case Study 372
Summary 374
Problems 375
Bibliography 378
Endnotes 378
Chapter 9 Arbitration and Adjudication 383
Introduction 383
9.1 Arbitration and Adjudication Blueprint 384
9.2 Alternative Dispute Resolution 386
9.3 Arbitral Classifications and Tribunals 389
9.4 International Court of Justice 392
9.5 International Criminal Court 410
9.6 Regional Court Adjudication 420
9.7 International Law in National Courts 430
Summary 442
Problems 445
Bibliography 446
Endnotes 447
Chapter 10 Use of Force 453
Introduction 454
10.1 Defining "Force" and Its Role 454
10.2 UN Principles on the Use of Force 459
10.3 Peacekeeping Operations 479
10.4 Multilateral Agreements on Force 485
10.5 Humanitarian Intervention 490
10.6 Laws of War 500
10.7 Terrorism and Arms Sales 510
10.8 United States War Powers 516
10.9 September 11, 2001 518
Summary 519
Problems 520
Bibliography 523
Endnotes 524
Chapter 11 Human Rights 529
Introduction 530
11.1 Human Rights in Context 530
11.2 United Nations Promotional Role 535
11.3 Regional Human Rights Approaches 550
11.4 Other Human Rights Actors 561
11.5 United States Human Rights Perspectives 563
Summary 573
Problems 575
Bibliography 579
Endnotes 580
Chapter 12 Environment 585
Introduction 585
12.1 The Environment's Dominion 586
12.2 United Nations Environmental Program 588
12.3 Arbitral and Judicial Perspectives 596
Summary 607
Problem 608
Bibliography 610
Endnotes 610
Chapter 13 Economic Relations 613
Introduction 613
13.1 Economics and International Law 614
13.2 World Trade Organization 635
13.3 Regional Economic Associations 650
13.4 The New International Economic Order 657
13.5 Corrupt International Transactions 662
Summary 665
Problems 666
Bibliography 668
Endnotes 669
Glossary 673
Index 683
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