The system of public international law has reached a major turning point in its history and is confronting serious challenges generated by a variety of developments unfolding in the structure of the international society. This Dictionary acquaints legal and other professionals, students, and interested general readers with the basic tenets of public international law, combining the features of both a brief encyclopedic dictionary and a textbook in clear, understandable language. A list of acronyms and abbreviations; a glossary of Latin phrases; a chronology that offers a historical perspective by listing major developments relating to international law throughout the centuries; a table of cases with references to entries; and a list of the 373 entries precede the main text. The survey of international law is organized into nine chapters. Chapter I contains the usual introductory topics found in international law textbooks: the nature of this law, its sources, the relationship between international and national ("municipal") law, and some other general problems. Chapters II-VIII deal with matters coming within the scope of the "law of peace," organized according to the framework consisting of: states, individuals, spatial context, and interaction. Chapter IX, whose subject unfortunately becomes ever more relevant, describes the rules governing the conduct of warfare, that is, international humanitarian law. Numerous cross-references in bold lead the reader to appropriate entries, and the abundant references to primary sources, mostly treaties and court cases, enable the reader to locate the materials needed for research. The selective bibliography includes books, research aids, textbooks, and casebooks, as well as recent books on special international law topics. This Dictionary is a useful addition to both public and academic libraries, including, in particular, libraries of law schools. The format of the book allows it to be used as a reference guide for legal professionals, scholars inter
About the Author
Boleslaw A. Boczek has spent more than five decades studying and teaching international law. He was also for some time a consultant for the United Nations and for several years did legal research at Harvard Law School as research associate. He was also a visiting professor and Fulbright senior lecturer at a number of foreign universities and more recently a member of the adjunct faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Dr. Boczek is author of Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals and coauthor of International Law Dictionary.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 4 Glossary Part 5 Chronology Part 6 Table of Cases Part 7 List of Entries Chapter 8 I General Problems: Nature and Enforcement of International Law, Sources, Relationship between International and National Law Chapter 9 II International Legal Personality, States: Recognition, Jurisdiction, Responsibility, Succession Chapter 10 III Individuals, Human Rights Chapter 11 IV The Geophysical Context I: Land, Air, Outer SPace, International Environmental Law Chapter 12 V The Geophysical Context II: The Law of the Sea Chapter 13 VI The Law of Treaties Chapter 14 VII Peaceful Settlement of Disputes Chapter 15 VIII The Use of Force Chapter 16 IX International Human Law Part 17 Annex: Bibliography Part 18 About the Author