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The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (OUP 2020) by Kevin Jon Heller (Univ. of Amsterdam - Law), Frédéric Mégret (McGill University - Law), Sarah Nouwen, (University of Cambridge - Law), Jens David Ohlin, (Cornell University - Law), & Darryl Robinson (Queen's University, Canada - Law) 

In the past twenty years, international criminal law has become one of the main areas of international legal scholarship and practice. Most textbooks in the field describe the evolution of international criminal tribunals, the elements of the core international crimes, the applicable modes of liability and defences, and the role of states in prosecuting international crimes.

The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, however, takes a theoretically informed and refreshingly critical look at the most controversial issues in international criminal law, challenging prevailing practices, orthodoxies, and received wisdoms. Some of the contributions to the Handbook come from scholars within the field, but many come from outside of international criminal law, or indeed from outside law itself. The chapters are grounded in history, geography, philosophy, and international relations. The result is a Handbook that expands the discipline and should fundamentally alter how international criminal law is understood.

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The Analogy between States and International Organizations (Nov 2018) by Fernando Lusa Bordin, University of Cambridge

The book investigates how an analogy between States and international organizations has influenced and supported the development of the law that applies to intergovernmental institutions on the international plane. That is best illustrated by the work of the International Law Commission on the treaties and responsibility of international organizations, where the Commission for the most part extended to organizations rules that had been originally devised for States. Revisiting those codification projects while also looking into other areas, the book reflects on how techniques of legal reasoning can be - and have been - used by international institutions and the legal profession to tackle situations of uncertainty, and discusses the elusive position that international organizations occupy in the international legal system. By cutting across some foundational topics of the discipline, the book makes a substantive contribution to the literature on subjects and sources of international law.

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (May 2019) edited by Dr Lees and Professor Viñuales

Dr E. Lees and Prof. J. E. Viñuales have just published the new Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, 2019), 1328p.

The volume brings together over 50 authors from around the world, including some of the most prominent authorities on different countries and topics, to analyse environmental law as a key technology to tackle the daunting environmental challenges the world faces today. The handbook is the result of genuinely collaborative work, with all contributors working under the same common conceptual framework to clarify the architecture of environmental law.

It is the first comprehensive statement of comparative environmental law which has been produced. It combines conceptual and legal analysis proper of over 50 countries, with 16 in-depth country/jurisdiction studies, hundreds of laws, regulations and judicial decisions, and a transversal comparative analysis of 10 key environmental problems (atmospheric pollution, water, biodiversity, energy and climate change, chemicals, waste, etc.) and 10 policy intervention instruments (from command-and-control, to information, to market mechanisms, to liability systems).

The handbook builds upon important previous attempts since the late 1960s at charting environmental law, mostly in the form of collections of foreign law studies, topical studies, comparisons of specific countries and/or institutions, or studies with regional scope.

It is intended to provide a starting-point to understand the strengths but also the significant limitations of our current legal technology, and to thereby offer a platform for the improvement of our knowledge and practice of environmental policy.

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Children's Rights and Sustainable Development: Interpreting the UNCRC for Future Generations" (April 2019), edited by Claire Fenton-Glynn

Children often fare the worst when communities face social and environmental changes. The quality of food, water, affection and education that children receive can have major impacts on their subsequent lives and their potential to become engaged and productive citizens. At the same time, children often lack both a private and public voice, and are powerless against government and private decision-making. In taking a child rights-based approach to sustainable development, this volume defines and identifies children as the subjects of development, and explores how their rights can be respected, protected and promoted while also ensuring the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our planet.

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The Future of International Courts: Regional, Institutional and Procedural Challenges (published March 2019) edited by Avidan Kent, Nikos Skoutaris, Jamie Trinidad

This book has been edited by Dr Jamie Trinidad, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. His research and publications address, among other things, issues of self-determination, territory (land and sea) and the practice of international courts and tribunals. He is a practising barrister and he has a PhD from Cambridge. ‘The Future of International Courts: Regional, Institutional and Procedural Challenges’ addresses some of the most pressing challenges faced by international courts and tribunals today: from geopolitical shifts, to rising populism and authoritarianism, to increasing demands for third-party participation in international proceedings. It includes a keynote chapter by Karen Alter, and several of the other contributors are friends of the Lauterpacht Centre. The book is due to be published in March 2019.

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Sustainable Development Principles in the Decisions of International Courts and Tribunals (published January 2019) - Edited by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Judge C.G. Weeramantry

The 2002 New Delhi Declaration of Principles of International Law relating to Sustainable Development set out seven principles on sustainable development, as agreed in treaties and soft-law instruments from before the 1992 Rio ‘Earth Summit’ UNCED, to the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, to the 2012 Rio UNCSD. Recognition of the New Delhi principles is shaping the decisions of dispute settlement bodies with jurisdiction over many subjects: the environment, human rights, trade, investment, and crime, among others.

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Community Interests Across International Law (published June 2018) - Eyal Benvenisti

We are happy to announce that OUP just published “Community Interests Across International Law” edited by Eyal Benvenisti and Georg Nolte

This book explores the extent to which contemporary international law expects states to take into account the interests of others - namely third states or their citizens - when they form and implement their policies, negotiate agreements, and generally conduct their relations with other states.

It systematically considers the various manifestations of what has been described as ‘community interests’ in many areas regulated by international law and observes how the law has evolved from a legal system based on more or less specific consent and aimed at promoting particular interests of states, to one that is more generally oriented towards collectively protecting common interests and values. Through essays by experts in the field, this book explores topics such as the sources of international law and the institutional aspects of developing the law and covers a range of areas within the law.

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Justification and Excuse in Internationa Law - Concept and Theory of General Defences (published January 2018) - Federica Paddeu

Cambridge University Press has published Justification and Excuse in International Law: Concept and Theory of General Defences by Dr Federica Paddeu as part of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law series.

The defences available to an agent accused of wrongdoing can be considered as justifications (which render acts lawful) or excuses (which shield the agent from the legal consequences of the wrongful act). This distinction is familiar to many domestic legal systems, and tracks analogous notions in moral philosophy and ordinary language.

Nevertheless, it remains contested in some domestic jurisdictions where it is often argued that the distinction is purely theoretical and has no consequences in practice. In international law too the distinction has been fraught with controversy, though there are increasing calls for its recognition.

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What's Wrong with International Law? (published May 2015) - Editors: Cedric Ryngaert, Erik J. Molenaar and Sarah Nouwen

This is the question Professor A.H.A. Soons provocatively posed to his colleagues around the world when leaving his chair in public international law at Utrecht University. Meant to provoke discussion about what actually is wrong with international law as well as act in defence of the discipline, his conclusion was a resounding 'nothing!' 

Honouring Professor Soons's achievements throughout his long career as a scholar and a practitioner of international law, this Liber Amicorum exmaines whether, indeed, there is something wrong with international law. The contributors identify gaps or 'wrong norms' in specific fields of international law, and assess whether there is something wrong with the regulatory function of international law as a system for creating global public order.

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Complementarity in the Line of Fire - The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (published November 2013) - Sarah Nouwen

Of the many expectations attending the creation of the first permanent International Criminal Court, the greatest has been that the principle of complementarity would catalyse national investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related crimes and lead to the reform of domestic justice systems. Sarah Nouwen explores whether complementarity has had such an effect in two states subject to ICC intervention: Uganda and Sudan. Drawing on extensive empirical research and combining law, legal anthropology and political economy, she unveils several effects and outlines the catalysts for them. However, she also reveals that one widely anticipated effect – an increase in domestic proceedings for conflict-related crimes – has barely occurred. This finding leads to the unravelling of paradoxes that go right to the heart of the functioning of an idealistic Court in a world of real constraints.

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Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law, Volume 3, 2010 (January 2012) - Editors James Crawford, Sarah Nouwen

This book continues the series Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law, containing the proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference organised by ESIL and the University of Cambridge in 2010. The title of the conference was 'International Law 1989-2010: A Performance Appraisal'. The highlights, selected for publication in this volume, cover a wide spectrum of topics in international law.

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