Essential Sources

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Selected Treatises on International Law

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Selected Treatises on International Law

Bowett’s Law of International Institutions (Philippe Sands; Pierre Klein; D W Bowett, eds., 5th ed. 2001) discusses the law and practice of international institutions.

J.L. Brierly, Law of Nations: An Introduction to the International Law of Peace (6th ed. 1963) provides a good explanation of traditional public international law.

Ian Brownlie, Principles of Public International Law (6th ed.). This is a leading treatise on public international law.

Thomas Buergenthal and Harold G. Maier, Public International Law in a Nutshell (3d ed. 2002) provides a basic introduction to public international law including research sources.

Mark W. Janis, An Introduction to International Law (4th ed. 2003) introduces the subject and explains the basic concepts and issues.

Peter Malanczuk, Akehurst’s Modern Introduction to International Law (8th rev. ed. 2002)is a textbook with an historical perspective on international law.

L. Oppenheim, Oppenheim’s International Law (Robert Jennings and Arthur Watts, eds., 9th ed. 1992) is an updated version of a classic treatise on international law.

Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States (1987) and Restatement (Second) of Conflict of Laws (1971-88) provide authoritative explanations of U.S. practice; both are updated with pocket parts, and available on Lexis Nexis and Westlaw.

Malcolm Shaw, International Law (5th ed. 2003) is a good introduction to the subject, and includes useful bibliographical references.