The Routledge Handbook of International Law provides a definitive global survey of the interaction of international politics and international law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a state of the art overview of the most significant areas within the field.

This highly topical collection of specially commissioned papers from both established authorities and rising stars is split into four key sections:

  • The Nature of International Law including the interaction between the disciplines of International Law and International Relations

  • The Evolution of International Law progressing from the ancient world to present day.

  • Law and Power in International Society discussing topical issues such as the war in Iraq and the international criminal court

  • Key Issues in International Law including international refugee law, indigenous rights, intellectual property, trade and the challenges presented by "new terrorism".

A comprehensive survey of the state of the discipline, The Routledge Handbook of International Law is an essential work of reference for scholars and practitioners of international Law.

Part 1: The Nature of International Law  1. Is International Law Really Law?  2. The Sources of International Law  3. ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Law in International Relations  4. Compliance Issues  5. International Law and International Society  6. Legal and Moral Norms in International Society  7. The Effectiveness of International Law  8. Theories of International Law  9. The Practice of International Law  Part 2: The Evolution of International Law  10. The Classical World  11. The Era of Grotius  12. Nineteenth Century Positivism  13. Normative Change in International Society  14. Religion(s) and International Law  15. The ‘Legalization’ and ‘Institutionalisation’ of International Relations  16. Globalisation and Claims that We are Moving Towards a Cosmopolitan Rather than Inter-State Legal Community  17. The Increasing Role of Non-State Actors  Part 3: Law and Power in International Society  18. Does Law Reflect or Constrain Power?  19. Law and Force in the Twenty First Century  20. American Hegemony and International Law (i) Pro  21. American Hegemony and International Law (ii) Anti  22. The Iraq War  23. Humanitarian Intervention  Part 4: Key Issues in International Law  24. The Environment  25. Terrorism  26. The Laws of War  27. Human Rights  28. Trade  29. Finance  30. Intellectual Property  31. The United Nations  32. The International Court of Justice  33. Law of the Sea  34. Refugees and Migrants