The International Law Commission's Articles on State Responsibility: Introduction, Text and Commentaries

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The International Law Commission's Articles, adopted in 2001, mark a major step in international law. They define when there has been a breach of international law and the consequences of such breaches. They show how international law now allows for categories of general public interest— human rights, the environment, etc... Including a full introduction, the text of the Articles and commentary, plus a guide to the legislative history, a detailed index and table of cases, this volume will be an indispensable accompaniment to the ILC's work on this vital topic.

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"...Crawford has combined his unique insight and experience with a valuable collection of primary sources and analytical tools to produce an indispensable guide not only the ILC articles, but to the foundational area of state responsibility in general." The American Journal of International Law

"Researchers will appreciate the well-constructed index, which indexes more than thirty concepts under the heading 'Words and Phrases Defined.' Its detailed listings permit readers to zero in on concepts such as continuing wrongful acts, invocation of responsibility, and collective obligations. In short, although researchers have Web access to much of the primary material in this book, its added features make it a worthwhile purchase for libraries with international law interests." Law Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521813532
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Note on sources and style; List of abbreviations; Table of cases; Introduction; Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts: Part I. The Internationally Wrongful Act of a State: 1. General principles; 2. Attribution of conduct to a state; 3. Breach of an international obligation; 4. Responsibility of a state in connection with the act of another state; 5. Circumstances precluding wrongfulness; Part II. Content of the International Responsibility of a State: 6. General principles; 7. Reparation for injury; 8. Serious breaches of obligations under peremptory norms of general international law; Part III. The Implementation of the International Responsibility of a State: 9. Invocation of the responsibility of a state; 10. Countermeasures; Part IV. General Provisions; Appendix 1: drafting history; Appendix 2: Draft articles on state responsibility provisionally adopted by the International Law Commission on first reading (1996); Appendix 3: table of equivalent articles; Select bibliography; Index.

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