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International Law [Paperback]

by Malcolm N. Shaw
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Book Description

November 24, 2008 0521728142 978-0521728140 6
Malcolm Shaw's engaging and authoritative International Law has become the definitive textbook for instructors and students alike, in this increasingly popular field of academic study. The hallmark writing style provides a stimulating account, motivating students to explore the subject more fully, while maintaining detail and academic rigour. The analysis integrated in the textbook challenges students to develop critical thinking skills. The sixth edition is comprehensively updated throughout and is carefully constructed to reflect current teaching trends and course coverage. The International Court of Justice is now examined in a separate dedicated chapter and there is a new chapter on international criminal law. The detailed references and reliable, consistent commentary which distinguished previous editions remain, making this essential reading for all students of international law whether they be at undergraduate level, postgraduate level or professional lawyers.

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'Malcolm Shaw's International Law has been an indispensable resource for students of international law since its first publication in 1977. It gives an accurate and well-balanced account of the development and current state of the law. In light of recent developments, the new chapters on international criminal law and the International Court of Justice are welcome. I warmly recommend Shaw to anyone studying international law at undergraduate or graduate level.' James Crawford, The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

'When I was teaching Shaw's International Law was my textbook of choice for the students. I continue today to find this book very useful and well organized. It is good news that a Sixth Edition guarantees that it remains thoroughly contemporary, with new chapters added and everything updated.' Dame Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice

'Shaw's treatise has been praised as being particularly well suited for 'novice' students of the field ... it is surprisingly user-friendly.' American Journal of International Law

'An outstanding treatise which I use regularly in the course of my work at the Court. It excels in precision, comprehensiveness and topicality. On many issues, like questions of territory, it has no equal in any language. And last but not least, it reads well.' Bruno Simma, Judge, International Court of Justice

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Engaging, authoritative and academically rigorous, this is the definitive international law textbook. Comprehensively updated content includes new chapters on international criminal law and the International Court of Justice, reflecting current trends in course coverage. The stimulating writing style motivates students to explore the subject, and encourages development of analytical thinking.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1708 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 6 edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521728142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521728140
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heavy, but good April 26, 2006
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nitpicking September 17, 2005
By W. Pelt
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comment on comment March 2, 2000
the jay treaty was signed in 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must on Public International Law July 15, 1999
By A Customer
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good March 5, 2014
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I thought the book will be smaller, but because is so big and has so many information; I find it really helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good January 4, 2014
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Better than Noyes international law, but that is a personal preference, based upon treatment of international delinquencies. The field, however, still needs a book that treats International law by historical period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jumping off Source for International Law November 8, 2013
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This book is the gold standard for those wishing to begin to understand the complexities of international law. While I do not practice in the field of international law, I competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Law School for two years. Each year, Shaw's compendium was an essential in helping me to gain a basic understanding of the legal concepts and principles I would be dealing with, cite the pertinent ICJ and PCIJ cases, and help unpack some difficult theories. Without Shaw, I would have been in a tough spot. I cannot recommend this book enough to students of international law or those participating in Jessup.

A word of caution, however, the 2008 Edition may be somewhat outdated now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I got the book! But it's very damaged
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sophia Ege
3.0 out of 5 stars On time but not good condition
The book arrived on time. However, I would not place it under "very good" on its condition description, as there are many markings and highlighting (even in blue, which is the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars I will have read every page of this book by the time my semester is...
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MaryAlecia K. Briggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloated and difficult to follow
I. In my Junior year at University, I was required to purchase this book for a 300 level International Law class (which was considered introductory). Read more
Published 17 months ago by ac1dm00se
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very good book, with excellent insights and thourough explanations. I recommend it, for sure. Shaw is a great author. Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by Henrique Junior
4.0 out of 5 stars Malcolm N. Shaw - International Law
It's a great book, it gives perfect bases on international law, it's a great tool and material.
Published on September 28, 2010 by Andres Barreto
5.0 out of 5 stars Prof.Shaw
I was looking forward a book that could help me to understand the american vision of international law, in order to accomplish this item in my thesis and it fulfilled all my... Read more
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