Peoples and International Law

Second Revised Edition


Peoples and International Law is a detailed survey of the law of self-determination with a focus on the concept of nations and peoples. It engages with different aspects of this law with particular emphasis on the drafting and implementation of international instruments. The second edition includes new coverage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the African and Arab charters. It considers recent practice by the Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights dealing with the emerging political, economic and environmental aspects of the right. The book looks at the interaction of international law, nationalism and liberalism in theories of nationhood and self-determination, as well as, the historical development of the right and the decisions of international bodies. Lastly, it examines practice in this area, including new developments in remedial independence and international territorial administration.

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James Summers is a lecturer in international law at the University of Lancaster.
Excerpt of table of Contents:
List of Abbreviations; Table of Cases; Table of Treaties; Table of Legislation
1. Peoples’ Rights and the Foundations of International Law
2. Self-Determination
3. National Ties, Legal Principles and Identifying Peoples
4. The Historical Development of Self-Determination
5. Self-Determination in United Nations Instruments
6. Self-Determination in Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Instruments
7. Self-Determination in Human Rights Instruments
8. Self-Determination and Courts and Tribunals
9. Practice in Peoples’ Rights
Conclusion; References; Index.

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