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Reexamining Customary International Law

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Michael Wood, Brian D. Lepard, J. Patrick Kelly, Fernando R. Tesón, Niels Petersen, Thomas Kleinlein, Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Els Debuf, Noora Arajärvi, Anna Williams Shavers, Sofia Michaelides-Mateou, Frans von der Dunk
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107146914

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  • Reexamining Customary International Law takes on the complex issues and controversies surrounding the history, theory, and practice of customary international law as it reexamines customary law's increasingly important role in world affairs. It incorporates the expertise of distinguished authors to probe many difficult issues that remain unresolved concerning the doctrine of customary law. At the same time, this book engages in a profound exploration of the practical role of customary international law in a variety of important fields, including humanitarian law, human rights law, and air and space law.

    • Draws on the diverse and insightful perspectives of distinguished experts
    • Explores issues relating to customary law but also challenges the very foundations of customary international law and customary law theory
    • Takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering fields such as history, legal theory, game theory, political science theory, gender studies and ethics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book edited by Brian D. Lepard is particularly rich and assembles a number of contributions of a very high quality … In this book the author of the review found responses to questions he has been asking for a long time. This is a work that deserves to be reflected upon and that helps lead to a better understanding in this time of violence of the importance of international law and its sources.' A. J. Bullier, Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé

    'Overall, the present book presents novel arguments on how to re-examine CIL, and it does so insightfully. … 'Reexamining Customary International Law' represents a stimulating addition to the literature on the sources of international law, and it will be of a significant value to both academics and decision-makers, including lawyers, governments, international and non-governmental organisations and international courts and tribunals.' Ezequiel Heffes, Israel Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107146914
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Michael Wood
    1. Introduction: why does customary international law need reexamining? Brian D. Lepard
    Part I. Reexamining Historical and Theoretical Perspectives on Customary International Law:
    2. Customary international law in historical context: the exercise of power without general acceptance J. Patrick Kelly
    3. Fake custom Fernando R. Tesón
    4. The role of consent and uncertainty in the formation of customary international law Niels Petersen
    5. Customary law and general principles: rethinking their relationship Thomas Kleinlein
    Part II. Reexamining Customary Humanitarian Law:
    6. The ICRC and the clarification of customary international humanitarian law Jean-Marie Henckaerts and Els Debuf
    7. From the 'demands of humanity': the formulation of opinio juris in decisions of international criminal tribunals and the need for a renewed emphasis on state practice Noora Arajärvi
    Part III. Reexamining Customary Human Rights Law:
    8. Towards a new theory of customary international human rights law Brian D. Lepard
    9. Using customary international law to improve women's lives Anna Williams Shavers
    Part IV. Reexamining Customary Air and Space Law:
    10. Customary international law in aviation: a hundred years of travel through the competing norms of sovereignty and freedom of overflight Sofia Michaelides-Mateou
    11. Customary international law and outer space Frans von der Dunk
    Part V. Reexamining Customary International Law:
    12. Concluding reflections: insights from reexamining customary international law Brian D. Lepard.

  • Editor

    Brian D. Lepard, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Brian D. Lepard is the Harold W. Conroy Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He has written numerous books and articles on international law, comparative law, human rights, and tax law, including Customary International Law: A New Theory with Practical Applications (Cambridge, 2010). He is Chair of the Committee on Formation of Rules of Customary International Law of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He is also Academic Director of the Law College's LL.M. in Global Legal Practice Program for non-US lawyers and international students.


    Michael Wood, Brian D. Lepard, J. Patrick Kelly, Fernando R. Tesón, Niels Petersen, Thomas Kleinlein, Jean-Marie Henckaerts, Els Debuf, Noora Arajärvi, Anna Williams Shavers, Sofia Michaelides-Mateou, Frans von der Dunk

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