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February 2015
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This collection of essays focusses on the following concepts: sovereignty (the unique, intangible and yet essential characteristic of states), statehood (what it means to be a state, and the process of acquiring or losing statehood) and state responsibility (the legal component of what being a state entails). The unifying theme is that they have always been and will in the future continue to form a crucial part of the foundations of public international law. While many publications focus on new actors in international law such as international organisations, individuals, companies, NGOs and even humanity as a whole, this book offers a timely, thought-provoking and innovative reappraisal of the core actors on the international stage: states. It includes reflections on the interactions between states and non-state actors and on how increasing participation by and recognition of the latter within international law has impacted upon the role and attributes of statehood.


'Substantively, the essays paint a picture of a legal landscape in transition - transitions recreating the international legal world in a more multipolar, diverse, yet perhaps unpredictable image. … As such, it is an anthology that would benefit any curious student of international law.'

Lucas Hansen Source: New York University Journal of International Law and Politics

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  • Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility - Half title page
    pp i-ii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vii
  • Editors’ preface
    pp xi-xii
  • James Crawford: the early years*
    pp xiii-xix
  • AnAustralian in England
    pp xx-xxv
  • Cases
    pp xxvi-xxxvii
  • Domestic legislation
    pp xxxviii-xl
  • Treaties
    pp xli-xliii
  • Resolutions
    pp xliv-xlv
  • (in chronological order)
  • Other international instruments and reports
    pp xlvi-xlviii
  • Part I - Sovereignty
    pp 1-152
  • 1 - The war against cliché: dispatches from the international legal front
    pp 3-22
  • 2 - International law and the responsibility to protect
    pp 23-50
  • 3 - Human rights beyond borders at the World Court
    pp 51-70
  • 4 - Fragmentation, regime interaction and sovereignty
    pp 71-89
  • 6 - Polar territorial and maritime sovereignty in the twenty-first century
    pp 110-125
  • Part II - Statehood
    pp 153-284
  • 9 - The Security Council and statehood
    pp 155-171
  • 11 - How to recognise a State (and not)
    pp 192-208
  • Some practical considerations
  • 12 - An analysis of the 1969 Act of Free Choice in West Papua
    pp 209-228
  • 13 - Recognition of the State of Palestine
    pp 229-247
  • Still too much too soon?

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