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A library subject guide detailing handy resources for the study of international law.
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New books in the Library: International Law

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CISG Exclusion and Legal Efficiency - Lisa Spagnolo
Call Number: Law 341.7 38
ISBN: 9789041154071
Publication Date: 2014-06-20

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Passion and Ambivalence - Nathaniel Berman; Emmanuelle Jouannet (Contribution by); Euan MacDonald (Translator)
Call Number: Law 341.584 119
ISBN: 9789004210240
Publication Date: 2011-12-23

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Antarctica in International Law - Ben Saul (Editor); Tim Stephens (Editor)
Call Number: Law 341.0264989 3
ISBN: 9781849467315
Publication Date: 2015-03-26

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International Handbook of Social Media Laws - Paul Lambert
Call Number: Law 343.1 29
ISBN: 9781780438290
Publication Date: 2014-12-31

International law in Australian case law : a 2014 review - Stephen Tully
Call Number: Law 341.94026 2
Publication Date: 2015

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Substance and Procedure in Private International Law - Richard Garnett
Call Number: Law 340.9 196
ISBN: 9780199532797
Publication Date: 2012-05-04

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Institutionalised International Law - Matthias Ruffert; Christian Walter
Call Number: Law 341.2 168
ISBN: 9781849464949
Publication Date: 2015

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International law practice manual - Stephen Tully
Call Number: Law 341.2 169
ISBN: 9780455234069
Publication Date: 2015

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International law practice manual - Stephen Tully
Call Number: Law 341.2 169
ISBN: 9780455234069
Publication Date: 2015

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International business : a managerial perspective - Ricky W. Griffin, Michael W. Pustay.
Call Number: Law 658.049 38 D
ISBN: 1292018216
Publication Date: 2015

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In Whose Name?: A public law theory of international adjudication - Armin von Bogdandy; Ingo Venzke
Call Number: Electronic Item
ISBN: 9780198717461
Publication Date: 2014

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The Security Council As Global Legislator - Vesselin Popovski (Editor); Trudy Fraser (Editor)
Call Number: Law 341.23 124
ISBN: 9780415743372
Publication Date: 2014

International Law Subject Guide

This guide provides an overview of resources available for the study of international law. See tabs above for more information.

For information related to law resources and the Law Library generally generally, rather than from an international law perspective, please see the Law subject guide.

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    Law & Business - Get Smart Fast: Cutting-Edge Trends in International Business and Securities Law

    16 September 2015

    This seminar will cover the recent and dramatic changes in the operation and regulation of multinational corporations, as well as the growing global tension between the "shareholder value" and "stakeholder rights" camps of corporate governance.  Both private and regulatory innovations have made corporations simultaneously more efficient and potentially more dangerous -- how should corporate managers and corporate attorneys respond?

    About the Speakers:

    Professor Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founding director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego

    Professor Kent Greenfield is Professor of Law and Dean's Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, corporate law, legal theory, and economic analysis of law.


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      Sources of International Law

      What is International Law?

      Unlike domestic law, no single code exists to determine international law. Article 38(1) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice identifies the major sources of international law and two subsidiary sources, directing courts to apply:

      1) International Conventions (treaties), whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognised by the contesting states. See Treaties tab for further information.

      2) International Customs as evidence of a general practice accepted as law. Customary law has evolved from the practice of states and is dependent upon factors such as consistency of practice, generality of practice, and duration of practice. Further, customary law is not formed simply by consistent state practice - state practice must be undertaken in the belief that the practice is an obligation, rather than merely habitual.

      (Source: Martin Dixon, Textbook on International Law7th ed.2013 pp. 32-36)

      3) The general principles of law recognised by civilised nations.The invocation of 'general principles' tends to occur where there are no settled customs or treaties to fall back on to consider the international legal question at hand. General principles can be cited where they are recognised by domestic legal systems around the world, or where they can be taken directly from international legal relations, and legal relations generally.

      (Source: Gideon Boas, Public International Law: Contemporary Principles and Perspectives2012 pp. 105-107)

      4) Judicial decisions - see Courts, Tribunals and Case Law tab for further information. Considered a subsidiary source of international law.

      5) The teachings of the most highly qualified publicists - Considered a subsidiary source of international law and carrying less persuasive weight than the decisions of interntational courts, Article 38(1)(d) allows the ICJ to seek clarification of international law questions through reference to the work of the "most highly qualified publicicsts". As there are limited opportunities to examine specific international court decisions, commentators have carefully examined and analysed such decisions in texts and journal articles and this is useful in the formulation of international law. Although this may play a lesser role than previously, "...Juristic writers continue to influence the formation of international law by distilling the evidence, subjecting it to critical analysis and articulating the principles."

      Source: Gillian Triggs, International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices2nd ed., 2011, p. 76


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