Non-State Actors and International Obligations examines the contribution and relevance of non-state actors in the creation and implementation of international obligations. These actors have traditionally been marginalised within international law and ambiguities remain over their precise role. Nonetheless, they have become increasingly important in legal regimes as participants in their implementation and enforcement, and as potential holders of duties themselves. Chapters from academics and practitioners investigate different aspects of this relationship, including the sources of obligations, their implementation, human rights aspects, dispute settlement, responsibility and legal accountability.
James Summers, LL.D Helsinki (2004), lectures at Lancaster University. He is author of
Peoples and International Law (2nd edn, Brill/Nijhoff 2014) and edited
Kosovo: A Precedent? (Brill/Nijhoff 2011) and
Contemporary Challenges to the Laws of War (CUP 2014).
Alex Gough is a PhD candidate in the Law School at Lancaster University, UK. His PhD research receives interdisciplinary supervision between Lancaster Law School and Lancaster Environment Centre. In the latter he currently holds the position of Senior Teaching Associate.
This collection will be of particular interest to academics, practitioners and post-graduate students addressing the role of non-state actors in international legal obligations.