Written by one of the world's leading international lawyers, this is the new and updated edition of Jan Klabbers' landmark textbook. International law can be defined as 'the rules governing the legal relationship between nations and states', but in reality it is much more complex, with political, diplomatic and socio-economic factors shaping the law and its application. This refreshingly clear, concise textbook encourages students to view international law as a dynamic system of organising the world. Bringing international law back to its first principles, the book is organised around four questions: Where does it come from? To whom does it apply? How does it resolve conflict? And what does it say? Building on these questions with both academic rigour and clarity of expression, Professor Klabbers breathes life and energy into the subject. Footnotes point students to the wider academic debate while chapter introductions and final remarks reinforce learning. This third edition includes references to new case-law and literature, and features brief discussions on recent topics of general interest, including Brexit and the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus. 'The book is written in a straightforward and slightly provocative style - one may refer to it as 'Dutch directness'. This makes the book a great pleasure to read. The many rhetorical and unanswered questions raised throughout the book provoke the reader to reflect critically on the materials and doctrine provided therein. Klabbers dishes up the usual materials, and he does sketch the doctrines, like all other textbooks, but then he leaves it up to the reader to draw the conclusions ... By distancing itself from today's immediate challenges, the book shows the reader that international law does more than simply chase after such events, always arriving too late to make a difference.' Otto Spijkers, Professor of International Law
at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University, China 'No-one is better at explaining the nuance of international law while keeping an eye squarely on the details than Jan Klabbers. This new edition of his groundbreaking textbook is a terrific update to an essential book. The book charts the theories and assumptions that make up the international legal system while telling engaging stories about the histories and cases that constitute its practice. The combination is readable, informative, and unmatched among international law textbooks.' Ian Hurd, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Weinberg
Part I. The Structure of International Law: 1. The Setting of International Law; 2. The Making of International Law; 3. The Law of Treaties; 4. The Subjects of International Law; 5. Jurisdiction, Powers, and Immunities; 6. The Individual in International Law, including Human Rights; 7. The Law of Responsibility; 8. International Courts and Tribunals; 9. Sanctions, Countermeasures, and Collective Security; Part II. The Substance of International Law: 10. Use of Force; 11. The Law of Armed Conflict; 12. International Criminal Law; 13. The Seas, the Air, and Outer Space; 14. Protecting the Environment; 15. The Global Economy; Part III. The Surroundings of International Law: 16. Domestic Courts and their Relationship with International Law; 17. The Politics and Ethics of International Law and Global Governance; 18. By way of Conclusion.