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International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory

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Book Chapter

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Irwin Law

Place of Publication

Toronto, Ontario


International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory is an innovative and unique volume which crosses the traditional boundaries between textbook, casebook, and scholarly monograph. The book is designed primarily as an introduction to the system and substance of international law. It is also a convenient and comprehensive reference work on the most important aspects of this burgeoning field.The book includes introductory materials on the nature, history, and theory of international law from an international relations, as well as a legal, perspective. Carefully selected and edited primary materials -- including treaties, UN documents, and cases -- take readers to the very sources of the rules and principles that comprise modern international law. Extensive and critical commentary on, and analysis of, these primary materials guide the reader to an understanding of the rules, their strengths and weaknesses, and their place in the international legal system. Descriptions of contemporary real-world situations provide concrete context to the discussion.Remarkable for both its depth and breadth, International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory sets a new standard for the study of international law in Canada. It will make an invaluable addition to the reference collection of practitioners, judges, and scholars working in this ever-increasingly important area of modern law.


Chapters 7, 11 and 15 by Valerie Oosterveld.

Citation of this paper:

Currie, John H., Valerie Oosterveld, Craig Forcese, and Joanna Harrington. International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory. 2nd ed. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014.