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International Law Paperback – October 13, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0521531832 ISBN-10: 0521531837 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1434 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 5 edition (October 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521531837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521531832
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written in a felicitous style, Shaw's book covers quite an extraordinary amount of material in 'nutshell' fashion, and is a boon to student (and practitioner) alike." American Journal of International Law

Book Description

This fifth edition of Malcolm Shaw's bestselling textbook on international law provides a clear, authoritative and comprehensive introduction to the subject, fully revised and updated to December 2002. Includes new material on Inter-state Courts and Tribunals, arbitration tribunals and the role of international institutions such as the WTO. This will remain an invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike. The scope of the text makes this essential reading for students of international relations and the political sciences. The book is also valuable to practitioners and governmental and international civil servants.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By former bucknellian on April 26, 2006
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This is a dense but ultimately rewarding introduction to the subject matter. Shaw's prose is at best elliptical; it's very easy to lose the forest for the trees in this book, particular given Shaw's tendency to explain in exhaustive detail the procedural workings of the various international and regional organizations. Although it sometimes reads like a very, very long grocery list, it is an essential reference book for anyone hoping to learn about public international law. Overall, it's a very thorough introduction to the subject matter, and is much more accessible the second and third times through. Complemented by an excellent index and supplementary materials.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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This book is one of several "must have" while doing a serious investigation on international law. This is the best way to start. It covers most of the aspects of international law, from Sources of Law to Space Law and International Environmental Law.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Kujawa on March 2, 2000
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the jay treaty was signed in 1794...it is easy to see how a mistake may be overlooked and the date of 1974 may creep into the text of such a voluminous work. In the light hereof I think the reader from Korea was unnecessarily harsh...editing mistakes are an everyday occurrence and the date was as easy as a search in yahoo to verify.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Pelt on September 17, 2005
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The remark about the Jay treaty convinced me. I immediately decided to buy this book; if an obvious typo (1974 instead of 1794) is the only objection that can made against this book, it must be great.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
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The complexity of international law does not arise solely from the content of its statues but also from the legitimacy of its enforcement. The laws of cities, states, and nations are typically accompanied by a monopoly on how to enforce these laws. Their citizens have agreed to conform to these laws and their legitimacy as cities, states, and nations arises from this agreement. If citizens choose to violate these laws they are punished accordingly. But what entity oversees the punishment when laws between nations are violated? Such laws come under the umbrella of international law, the subject of this book, and their enforcement is only possible if the nations agree to this enforcement.

The question of enforcement usually arises in the context of the legitimacy of the use of force or acts of war between nations, and is dealt with in some detail in this book. But there are many other aspects of international law that are discussed, and some readers may want to deal with the sheer size of the book by selecting those areas they are most interested in. A study of international law has become essential in today's world, due in part to the many wars that have broken out, some of them definitely bearing the mark of aggression and "war crimes", but also because of trade and patent disputes, along with the availability of complex financial products that need to operate across borders.

The book is heavily referenced, satisfying those skeptical readers who need to delve into even more of the details. The author presents international law as a `separate system' of law, as one that is not merely an adjunct to the laws of two or more countries. There is no legislature, no system of courts, and no institution to establish legal rules.
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I'm glad to have gotten this book, but upon opening the packaging, found that the spine of the book is in tatters. It's fallen apart. The lack of highlighting and underlining is great, but it's very awkward and annoying to deal with a book when the binding is completely severed in some places. I'd rather just have a stack of papers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryAlecia K. Briggs on March 24, 2013
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This book is heavy. It could be used as a weapon! But seriously: this book, if you read it carefully and take notes, will give you a whole new understanding of the world. I've read some other texts that I think are just as good - Brownlie in particular - but this one is thorough and gives you a very broad understanding of international law. There have been a few times where i've thought, "This is why people hate lawyers!" as I tried to get through a sentence or paragraph that was almost circular, but not quite. Hence, the need to read it very carefully. As a student of international policy, this book and the course i'm using it for have given my focus on migration a whole new perspective that will serve me well in the professional world.
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It's a great book, it gives perfect bases on international law, it's a great tool and material.
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