British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law

British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law examines the impact of public international law on the United Kingdom’s and Canada’s domestic legal systems. It also analyses the contributions of British and Canadian practice to the development of international norms. Topics addressed include international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights and human security, asylum, trade, jurisdiction, ‘reception law’ and media portrayals of international law. Whereas international law scholarship usually takes a global, regional or national approach, this book's chapters are written by leading scholars and practitioners from both countries and provide unique comparative views. While there remains much in common between the two states' understandings of international law, recent developments have shown significant points of departure.
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”This collection provides convenient and specific access to national perspectives, in a way which more broadly-based volumes cannot. It is thus a valuable addition to any library collection which features a Public International Law content. The editors have done an excellent job of casting a wide net, then reeling in and serving up a commendable menu”

ASIL Newsletter, Issue #36

British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law provides a fascinating study of international law from a comparative perspectives. Christopher P.M. Waters should be commended for putting together this collection of essays. The essays are extremely well written and present very compelling arguments. The text is instructional and could easily be used at the undergraduate or graduate levels. …This is one of the most informative books I have read on international law in quite some time. It is a must read for anyone interested in international law.

Denise DeGarmo in Law & Politics, Vol. 17 Nol. 11)

Table of contents

Acknowledgements, Contributors,
Part 1: Comparing Perspectives, Introduction, Christopher Waters,
Chapter 1, Public Commitment to International Law: Canadian and British Media Perspectives on the Use of Force, Stephen J. Toope,
Part 2: Crime,
Chapter 2, Domestic Reception of International Humanitarian Law: UK and Canadian Implementing Legislation, Christopher Harland,
Chapter 3, The International Criminal Court and Domestic Enforcement in Canada and the United Kingdom, James Sloan,
Chapter 4, Accountability for Crimes Against International Law in Canada: An overview and a comparison with UK practices, Helena Torroja,
Chapter 5, Jurisdictional Issues in Extraterritorial Criminal Law, Troy Lavers,
Chapter 6, ‘Vague’ Indictments and Justice at the International Criminal Tribunals: Learning from the World of Common Law, Chile Eboe-Osuji,
Part 3: Rights, Chapter 7, Comparing Attitudes to International Human Rights Petition Systems, Holly Cullen,
Chapter 8, Strengthening Women’s International Human Rights Norms in the UK after the Human Rights Act 1998: Lessons from Canada, Charlotte Skeet,
Chapter 9, Application of Gender Guidelines within the Asylum Determination Process: From Reflections on the UK and Canadian Experience, R. M. M. Wallace and Anne Holliday,
Chapter 10, Human Rights and Public Emergency Discourse in the UK
and Canada, David Jenkins,
Part 4: Human Security,
Chapter 11, A Comparison of the United Kingdom and Canadian Approaches to Human Security, Susan Breau,
Chapter 12, Canadian and U.K. Approaches to Sustainable Development in International Trade Law, Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger,
Chapter 13, Implementing the Kyoto Protocol in Canada and the UK: A Discussion of the Economic Instruments Employed, Markus W. Gehring and Kristin Price,
Chapter 14, Government Regulation and the Development of Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK and Canada, Henry Lovat and Osman Aboubakr,
Chapter 15, TRIPS and Access to Medicine: Recent Developments in Canada and Europe, William Flanagan,
Chapter 16, Tax Discrimination and the Cross-Border Provision of Services, Catherine Brown and Martha O’Brien, Part 5: Courts,
Chapter 17, The Democratic Legitimacy of the “International Criminal Justice Model”: The Unilateral Reach of Foreign Domestic Law and the Promise of Transnational Constitutional Conversation, Karen Eltis,
Chapter 18, Customary International Law in Domestic Courts: Imbroglio, Lord Denning, Stare Decisis, Stéphane Beaulac,
Chapter 19, The Challenge of Internalizing International Conventional Law: The Experience of Australia, England and Canada with Ratified Treaties, Hugh M. Kindred, Index.


This book will be of interest to general university libraries and specialized law libraries in the UK, Canada and other English speaking countries, especially those of the Commonwealth. International legal practitioners-particularly those working in foreign offices or international courts- will also find the book useful, as will domestic practitioners working in the area of human rights.

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