International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory

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John H. Currie, Craig Forcese, Valerie Oosterveld
Irwin Law, Jan 1, 2007 - International law - 983 pages
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International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory is an innovative and unique volume which crosses the traditional boundaries between textbook, casebook, and scholarly monograph. The book is designed primarily as an introduction to the system and substance of international law. It is also a convenient and comprehensive reference work on the most important aspects of this burgeoning field. The book includes introductory materials on the nature, history, and theory of international law from an international relations, as well as a legal, perspective. Carefully selected and edited primary materials-including treaties, UN documents, and cases-take readers to the very sources of the rules and principles that comprise modern international law. Extensive and critical commentary on, and analysis of, these primary materials guide the reader to an understanding of the rules, their strengths and weaknesses, and their place in the international legal system. Descriptions of contemporary real-world situations provide concrete context to the discussion. Remarkable for both its depth and breadth, International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory sets a new standard for the study of international law in Canada. It will make an invaluable addition to the reference collection of practitioners, judges and scholars working in this ever-increasingly important area of modern law.

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John H. Currie is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches international law, the use of force by states, the law of armed conflict, torts, and constitutional law. He has degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and Cambridge University, where he studied international and European Union law. A past-president of the Canadian Council on International Law, Professor Currie is the author or co-author of five books. His academic research interests include the use of force by states, international humanitarian law, extraterritorial jurisdiction, the domestic reception of international law, maritime boundary delimitation, and international criminal law. Professor Currie has recently returned to the University of Ottawa after a two-year appointment as Scholar in Residence in the Legal Affairs Bureau at Foreign Affairs Canada, where he worked primarily on international criminal and humanitarian law issues. In that capacity, he represented Canada before a number of UN bodies, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Craig Forcese is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, where he teaches public international law, national security law, administrative law, and public law and legislation and runs the annual foreign policy practicum. Much of his present research and writing relates to international law, national security, and democratic accountability. Prior to joining the law school faculty, he practiced law with the Washington D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, specializing in international trade law. Craig has law degrees from the University of Ottawa and Yale University, a B.A. from McGill, and an M.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He is a member of the bars of Ontario, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Valerie Oosterveld is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, where she teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Criminal Law. She has degrees from the University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc.), University of Toronto (LL.B.), and Columbia University (LL.M. and J.S.D.). Before joining the faculty in July 2005, Valerie served as a legal officer in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the division of United Nations, Human Rights and Economic Law. In this role, she provided legal advice on international criminal accountability for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Her research and writing focus on gender issues within international criminal justice.

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