Sunday, March 4, 2012

Read On! International Courts & Tribunals

(My thanks to IntLawGrrls for the opportunity to contribute this introductory post – a Read On! post about my new book)

My book The Rules, Practice, and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012) just shipped!
The book (of which I am the editor) examines the main existing international dispute resolution bodies. Each chapter explores a specific forum, including:
► Fora of general jurisdiction, such as the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration;
► Fora of specialised jurisdiction, such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the World Trade Organization;
► Human rights courts, such as the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights;
► International criminal courts and tribunals, such as the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda;
► Courts of regional integration agreements, claims commissions, and tribunals; and
► Administrative tribunals of international organizations.
The table of contents is here.
Each chapter is structured similarly, and assesses both procedural rules and essential case law for each body. This makes each forum both easily accessible and comparable with other fora. It also makes the book relevant for academics and practitioners in international law alike.
I have been teaching an introductory class on International Courts and Tribunals at Georgetown Law for several years now, and felt that a simple but comprehensive book was needed. International courts and tribunals are such important actors in international law, both because of their primary dispute resolution function and for their role in developing international law in a more general sense. Their growing number and complexity makes a detailed study of their practice particularly relevant.
Many wonderful international law girls contributed in this book, including: Geneva Law Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes; Christiane Bourloyannis-Vrailas; Christina Cerna, the Principal Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Carolyn Lamm, White & Case partner and former American Bar Association President; and White & Case partner Andrea J. Menaker. Many great boys, too. The full list of authors is available here.
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