A Landscape of Contemporary Theories of International Law

This rich and remarkable volume offers an overview of the most important schools, movements and trends which make up the theoretical landscape of contemporary international law, as well as the works of over 500 authors. It moves beyond generalization and examines how the relevant literature deals with the basic issues of the international legal system, such as international obligations, legitimacy, compliance, unity and universality, the rule of law, human rights, use of force and economics. It offers insights into the addressees (the state, international organizations, individuals and other private persons), and the construction of international law, including law-making, the relationship between norms, and interpretation. Moreover, it widens the discourse by addressing old, yet enduring, as well as new concerns about the functioning of the international legal system, and presents views of non-international lawyers and political scientists regarding that system. It is a valuable analysis for researchers, students, and practitioners.

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Biographical Note

Emmanuel Roucounas is honorary and emeritus Professor, Athens University; member and former President of the Institut de droit international; member and former President of the Academy of Athens; Judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice (2009-2011) and member of the Greek Supreme Court of Article 100 of the Constitution (1992-1995). He is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. A former member of the International Law Commission, of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee. In the Council of Europe, he has been a member of the Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH) and a member of the “Group of Wise Persons” reporting on the effectiveness of the ECtHR. He was also a member of a Group of Experts of the EU on Central America. Roucounas has published twelve books and over 100 articles on General International Law, the Law of Treaties, the Law of the Sea, Self-Defence, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, Bioethics, Diplomatic History, and European Unification.


All interested in public international law, in particular theory of international law and its currents trends.

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