International Law: 6th Edition

ISBN:
9780521899291

Publishing date:
2008

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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.


  • The definitive account of international law which provides an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the subject
  • Detailed references throughout encourage further reading on the part of the student at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • High level of analysis combined with stimulating and engaging writing style: challenges students to approach the text critically and develop analytical skills without overwhelming them
"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
"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
"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