The last two hundred years have seen the transformation of public international law from a rule-based extrusion of diplomacy into a completely-fledged legal system. Landmark Cases in Public International Law (PDF) examines decisions that have added to the development of international law into an integrated whole, while also creating specialized sub-systems that stand alone as units of analysis. The importance of these decisions is not taken for granted, with contributors analytically interrogating the cases to conclude if their reputation as ‘landmarks’ is deserved. Stress is also placed on seeing each case as a diplomatic artifact, emphasizing that international law, while indisputably a legal system, remains dependent on the practice and consent of states as the prime movers of development.
The cases selected include a broad range of subject areas including state immunity, the environment, human rights, trade and investment, international organisations, international courts and tribunals, international crimes, the laws of war, and the interface between international and municipal legal systems. An extensive array of domestic and international courts are also considered, from the International Court of Justice to the European Court of Human Rights, US Supreme Court, World Trade Organization Appellate Body, and other adjudicative bodies. The outcome is a three-dimensional picture of international law: what it is, what it was, and what it might yet become.
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