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Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Options
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Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Options

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Published April 2014 (Cambridge)
ISBN: 9781107017061. Hard Cover.

EDITOR: Natalie Klein 

Litigating International Law Disputes provides a fresh understanding of why states resort to international adjudication or arbitration to resolve international law disputes. 

A group of leading scholars and practitioners discern the reasons for the use of international litigation and other modes of dispute settlement by examining various substantive areas of international law (such as human rights, trade, environment, maritime boundaries, territorial sovereignty and investment law) as well as considering case studies from particular countries and regions. The chapters also canvass the roles of international lawyers, NGOs, and private actors, as well as the political dynamics of disputes, and identify emergent trends in dispute settlement for different areas of international law. 

  • Provides a new perspective on international dispute settlement by asking why international law disputes are litigated, as well as how 
  • Brings together scholars and practitioners in order to explain international litigation from the perspective of those who are actually involved in cases 
  • Highlights the regional and national dimensions of international litigation in order to explain the scope of international adjudication and arbitration 

Table of Contents 

Part I: 

1. The place of international litigation in international law John Merrills 

2. Litigation versus dispute resolution through political processes Shirley V. Scott 

3. National and international litigation: partners or competitors? Christopher Ward 

Part II: 

4. Australia's experience in international litigation Henry Burmester 

5. Latin American states and the International Court of Justice Ximena Fuentes

6. The United States as an international litigant Mark Feldman

7. European perspectives on inter-state litigation Michael Wood 

8. Asian perspectives on inter-state litigation Rodman R. Bundy

9. African perspectives on inter-state litigation Makane Moïse Mbengue

Part III: 

10. Initiating territorial adjudication: the who, how, when and why of litigating contested sovereignty Lea Brilmayer and Adele Faure 

11. Why litigate a maritime boundary? Some contributing factors Coalter Lathrop 

12. Litigating law of the sea disputes using the UNCLOS dispute settlement system Md. Saiful Karim 

13. International environmental disputes: to sue or not to sue? Tim Stephens

14. Why states resort to litigation in cases concerning the use of force? Christine Gray 

15. Adjudicating armed conflict John R. Crook 

16. Human rights as a subject of international litigation Ivan Shearer 

17. The WTO dispute settlement system and underlying motivating factors for adjudication M. Rafiqul Islam

18. Resolving international investment disputes Chester Brown

19. Dispute settlement options for the protection of nationals abroad Natalie Klein

Part IV: 

20. Litigating international law disputes: whereto? Cesare P. R. Romano. 


Natalie Klein, Macquarie University, Sydney Natalie Klein is Dean at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where she teaches and researches in various areas of international law, with a focus on law of the sea and international dispute settlement. 


John Merrills, Shirley V. Scott, Christopher Ward, Henry Burmester, Ximena Fuentes, Mark Feldman, Michael Wood, Rodman R. Bundy, Makane Moïse Mbengue, Lea Brilmayer, Adele Faure, Coalter Lathrop, Md. Saiful Karim, Tim Stephens, Christine Gray, John R. Crook, Ivan Shearer, M. Rafiqul Islam, Chester Brown, Natalie Klein, Cesare P. R. Romano

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