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An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective

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ISBN: 9780190227999    Publisher: Oxford University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 640        
An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies the highly acclaimed approach developed...Read more
An Introduction to Contemporary International Law: A Policy-Oriented Perspective introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies the highly acclaimed approach developed by the New Haven School of International Law, viewing international law as an ongoing process of decision-making through which the members of the world community identify, clarify, and secure their common interests. Unlike conventional works in international law, this work is organized and structured in terms of the process of decision making in the international arena, and references both classic historical examples and contemporary events to illustrate international legal processes and principles. Using contemporary examples, this Third Edition builds on previous editions by contextualizing and dramatizing these changes with reference to seven features that characterize the New Haven School approach to international law: participants, perspectives, arenas of decision, bases of power, strategies, outcomes, and effects.
This new edition highlights the major developments in international law since 2000, including the right to self-determination, the expanding scope of international concern and the duty of states to protect human rights, the trend towards greater accountability for states and individual decision-makers under international law, and the vital role individual responsibility plays in the emerging field of international criminal law. It provides a new generation of students with the interest and the intellectual tools needed to participate as responsible members of a world community premised on the notion of human dignity for all people.
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About the author: Lung-Chu Chen
Professor Chen has worked with a variety of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private firms throughout his distinguished career. He is Chairman... Read more
Professor Chen has worked with a variety of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private firms throughout his distinguished career. He is Chairman of the Taiwan New Century Foundation, President of the New Century Institute (New York), and Honorary President of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA). He is a former President of the Taiwanese Society of International Law, and a former national policy advisor to the president of Taiwan. He served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and as Vice President and member of the Governing Council of the International League for Human Rights. He has served as Chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law, and President of the North America Taiwanese Professors' Association (NATPA).
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Review:
In the third edition of this most welcome and important book, Professor Lung-chu Chen enhances his already well-established reputation as a scholar in both the United States and in Asia. He applies...Read more
In the third edition of this most welcome and important book, Professor Lung-chu Chen enhances his already well-established reputation as a scholar in both the United States and in Asia. He applies a deep understanding of the policy science approach to explain contemporary international issues and the law that addresses them. His knowledge and ideas have importance for a wide variety of audiences. Dame Rosalyn Higgins, Former President of the International Court of Justice Lung-chu Chen, distinguished international legal scholar and leading exponent of the New Haven School's approach to international law, offers a policy-oriented perspective on the process of international law that is as rich in detailed review of trends as it is in their critical appraisal in terms of human dignity goals. Professor Chen's book will be an indispensable text for students and scholars and the vade mecum for practitioners and diplomats. W. Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School In his third edition of An Introduction to Contemporary International Law, Professor Lung-chu Chen has again produced an illuminating account of contemporary international law from the perspective of the New Haven School. This edition is fully updated, replete with examples drawn from topical events and placed in the political and social context of globalization. Current trends on institutionalization, the role of individuals, of civil society, human security, and many others are explored with rigor and freshness. This book is a must-read for scholars and practitioners of international law and relations. Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science The third edition of An Introduction to Contemporary International Law is a remarkable rarity, a masterfully updated overview and organization of international law in terms of a Realist-type process orientation and categorizations developed by the New Haven School of International Law. This unique and acclaimed work is a necessary addition to an adequate international law collection and will continue to guide numerous students and practitioners of international law. Jordan J. Paust, Mike & Teresa Baker Law Center Professor, University of Houston Law Center
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