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Enforcing Obligations Erga Omnes in International Law

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  • The concept of obligations erga omnes--obligations to the international community as a whole--has fascinated international lawyers for decades, yet its precise implications remain unclear. This book assesses how this concept affects the enforcement of international law. It demonstrates that all States are entitled to invoke obligations erga omnes in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, and to take countermeasures in response to serious erga omnes breaches. In addition, it suggests ways of identifying obligations that qualify as erga omnes.

    • Analyses, in obligations erga omnes, one of the most controversial concepts of modern international law
    • Assesses the work of the International Law Commission in the field of State responsibility
    • An important contribution to the debate about the enforcement of international law
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    • The dissertation, upon which this book is based, was awarded the 2005 Yorke Prize of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge.

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    Review of the hardback: ' … a remarkable book … very high quality …' Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Jochen Abr. Frowein

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    06th May 2014 by Cdeleon1627

    It is an useful book, which gave me an excellent explanation about the uses of the obligation erga omnes.

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511134104
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on citation
    List of abbreviations
    Table of cases
    Part I. Background to the Erga Omnes Concept:
    1. Clarifications
    2. Traditional approaches to standing
    Part II. Legal issues raised by the Erga Omnes Concept:
    3. Distinguishing types of Erga Omnes effects
    4. Identifying obligations Erga Omnes
    5. Standing to Institute ICJ Proceedings
    6. Standing to take countermeasures
    7. Erga Omnes enforcement rights and competing enforcement mechanisms

  • Author

    Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow, School of Law
    Christian J. Tams is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow.


    • The dissertation, upon which this book is based, was awarded the 2005 Yorke Prize of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge.

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