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International Law By Anders Henriksen: A Comprehensive And Critical Introduction

International Law by Anders Henriksen: A Comprehensive and Critical Introduction

International law is a complex and dynamic field of study that deals with the legal rules and principles governing the relations between states and other actors in the international community. It covers a wide range of topics, such as human rights, sovereignty, territorial disputes, use of force, international organizations, treaties, environmental protection, and more.

International Law by Anders Henriksen: A Comprehensive and Critical Introduction


One of the most popular and accessible textbooks on international law is International Law by Anders Henriksen, a former professor of public international law at the University of Copenhagen and now with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service. The book, now in its fourth edition, provides a comprehensive and concise coverage of the central issues in public international law, making it an ideal textbook for students taking short, introductory courses at European law schools.

The book is clearly written with non-native English-speaking students in mind, and explains the core concepts and controversies in an easy-to-follow style. It also takes a critical perspective on various aspects of international law, introducing the areas of debate and encouraging students to engage with the legal disputes. The book is richly illustrated with examples and cases from contemporary practice and includes a range of learning features, such as central issues boxes, chapter summaries, recommended reading, discussion questions, podcasts, and web links.

Some of the new features of the fourth edition include:

  • Discussions of the most relevant new case law from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), such as the advisory opinion on Chagos and the judgments and decisions on Certain Iranian Assets, The Jadhav Case, The Rohinga Genocide Case, and Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem.

  • Discussion of current events related to international law, such as the Khashoggi affair, the Skripal-poisoning, the killing of Soleimani, the security laws in Hong Kong and the peace agreements between, respectively, Bahrain, the UAE and Sudan, and Israel.

  • Extensive coverage of Covid-19 and the legal issues surrounding a pandemic throughout relevant sections of the book.

  • More references to recent cases and developments in the discussion of the right to self-determination, such as the cases of Scotland, New Caledonia and Trump's offer to purchase Greenland.

  • Updated discussion of climate change, the Paris Agreement, and compensation for environmental damage.

  • A new section on the potential legal personality of nature.

International Law by Anders Henriksen is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals and challenges of international law in the 21st century. It is available as a paperback or an e-book from Oxford University Press[^1^] [^2^] [^4^].

The book is divided into four parts, each covering a major area of international law. The first part introduces the nature, sources, and subjects of international law, as well as the role and function of international courts and tribunals. The second part deals with the law of peace, including the principles of sovereignty, jurisdiction, state responsibility, diplomatic relations, and peaceful settlement of disputes. The third part examines the law of war, covering the prohibition and regulation of the use of force, collective security, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. The fourth part explores the law of cooperation, focusing on the law and practice of international organizations, human rights, environmental law, and the law of the sea.

The book is designed to be used in conjunction with the online resources available on the Learning Link website. There, students can find guidance on answering the questions in the book, audio podcasts and transcripts that supplement the chapters, and web links to further sources of information. Instructors can also access a test bank of multiple-choice questions and an instructor's manual with suggestions for teaching and assessment.

International Law by Anders Henriksen is a comprehensive and critical introduction to the fascinating world of international law. It is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of law and international relations, as well as practitioners and scholars who want to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the subject. 04f6b60f66


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