Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

International Law 2nd Edition

2nd Edition

$45.99 (X)

  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316506608

$ 45.99 (X)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Request examination copy

Instructors may request a copy of this title for examination

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Written by one of the world's leading international lawyers, this is the new and updated edition of Jan Klabber's 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 organizing 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. The second edition has been updated throughout, with particular attention to recent judicial decisions, and features new sections on sovereign debt relief, the prompt release of vessels, and the Antarctic.

    • The new and updated edition of this landmark textbook by a leading international law scholar
    • Gives the broadest perspective on subject by looking at not only the legal but also the diplomatic and political context
    • The clear four-part structure guarantees students' understanding
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Moving beyond standard presentations of international law as a settled set of rules and practices, and without compromising on rigor and comprehensiveness, Jan Klabbers offers us here a remarkable reflective digest of the foundations, functioning, impact and dynamics of international law. Much more than a textbook: a vision for any student, researcher or practitioner.' Jean d’Aspremont, University of Manchester

    'I'd like to praise its lucidity and coverage, in particular its skilful combination of 'traditional' and 'modern' elements, both in its exposition and critique, linking classic concepts to emerging lines of thinking. It's an outstanding introduction to contemporary international law - and this update ensures it stays so.' Freya Baetens, University of Oslo, Norway

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316506608
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
    Jan Klabbers is currently Academy Professor (Martti Ahtisaari Chair) at the University of Helsinki, on leave from his position as Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki. He has held visiting professorships in New York, Geneva and Paris, and is currently Visiting Research Professor at Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam. He was one of the Inaugural Fellows at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of International Law and Justice at New York University (2009–10), and has served as Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research (2006–11).

related journals

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.