About the series

International Law

The series International Law contains high-quality monographs and edited volumes dedicated to current issues of public international law and the law of international organisations. It aims at a broader dissemination of doctoral research and collective research efforts.

General Editor of the series is Professor Jan Wouters, Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of International Law and International Organisations, and Director of the Institute for International Law and Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven.

Available volumes

  1. Beyond Responsibility to Protect
    468 pp. | hardback

    This book explores the extent to which Responsibility to Protect shifts our understanding of both the potential and practice of international law.
  2. Armed Conflicts and the Law
    572 pp. | hardback

    This book offers a comprehensive yet concise take on the legal regulation of the various phases in the complex cycle of armed conflicts, from prevention to reconstruction, and covering everything in between, in particular the vast body of rules laid down in current international humanitarian law.
  3. Refugees from Armed Conflict

    Publication date: September 16, 2015<
    Refugees from Armed Conflict
    258 pp. | paperback

    This book determines the international meaning of the refugee definition in Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention as regards refugee protection claims related to situations of armed conflict in the country of origin.
  4. Cyber Warfare

    Publication date: May 6, 2014<
    Cyber Warfare
    314 pp. | paperback

    This book identifies rules and limits of cross-border computer network operations for which States bear the international responsibility during both peace and war. It consequently addresses questions on jus ad bellum and jus in bello in addition to State responsibility.
  5. The Right not to be Displaced in International Law
    320 pp. | hardback

    Every year, millions of people worldwide are forced to leave their homes and become displaced due to a variety of causes. This book explores the role of international human rights law in protecting people against involuntary displacement. It does so with reference to the idea of a ‘human right not to be displaced’.
  6. Human Security and International Law
    204 pp. | hardback

    In 1994, the United Nations Development Programme coined the term ‘human security’. It approached ‘security’ from a holistic perspective. Human security discourses have continually emphasised the central role of States as providers of human security. This volume challenges this paradigm, and highlights the part played by non-state actors in both threatening human security and also in rescuing or providing relief to those whose human security i...
  7. Private Military and Security Companies in International Law
    296 pp. | hardback

    Many states view Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) as crucial to implement their security policy. However, reoccurring incidents of human rights violations have led the international community, private sector and civil society to acknowledge the need for more control. This book examines the promises and dangers of emerging non-binding PMSC regulation alongside more traditional forms of law-making such as plans for an internationa...
  8. National Human Rights Institutions in Europe
    330 pp. | hardback

    Over the past twenty years, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have moved from the periphery to the centre of the human rights debate. The potential of NHRIs to transmit and implement international norms at the domestic level, and to transfer human rights expertise to regional and global human rights fora, is increasingly recognised. This book focuses on the functioning and role of NHRIs in Europe in a comparative, European and interna...
  9. The UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
    478 pp. | paperback

    This book fills a gap in the literature on how the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions positions itself within the bigger field of public international law. Several studies have been undertaken regarding the relationship of this Convention with the trade regime. However, the drafting process of the Convention brought many more than only trade issues to the forefront, such as heritage law, human ...
  10. Indigenous Rights Entwined with Nature Conservation
    723 pp. | hardback

    Increasing biodiversity loss makes the call for effective nature conservation sound louder and louder. Most remaining biodiversity-rich areas are inhabited or used by indigenous peoples and local communities. In recent years a new ‘paradigm’ of ‘nature conservation with respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities’ was put forward. This study investigates how nature conservation initiatives interact with the rights of ind...
  11. Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organisations
    626 pp. | paperback

    The present book, with carefully selected contributions from many prominent scholars and practitioners, is the first to explore situations in which human rights are threatened or violated through the actions, operations or policies of international organizations in a comprehensive manner and to examine the accountability mechanisms that are available.
  12. Reframing Human Rights and Trade

    Publication date: September 24, 2010<
    Reframing Human Rights and Trade
    290 pp. | hardback

    The how and why of connecting international human rights law and WTO law has been a hotly debated topic in international legal scholarship for quite some time. This book explores the extent to which these two sub-regimes of international law can be meaningfully linked as a matter of law and policy. WTO law on cultural and educational goods and services, thus far under-explored in this area of study, is taken as a case study.
  13. Legal Status of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Law
    428 pp. | hardback

    NGOs play an increasingly important role not only as international political actors but also as organizations involved in the creation, implementation and enforcement of international law. This book answers the question whether these organizations acquired an international status equivalent to that of States or international governmental organizations?
  14. International Law Aspects of the EU's Security and Defence Policy, with a Particular Focus on the Law of Armed Conflict
    682 pp. | hardback

    This book combines an insight into the legal aspects of operations conducted as part of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) of the EU with an analysis of the status and obligations of international organizations under international law and applies the findings thereof to the law of armed conflict and human rights in relation to ESDP operations.
  15. The Effectiveness of International Criminal Justice
    280 pp. | paperback

    This edited volume ascertains the added value of international criminal tribunals in fighting impunity for crimes against international law and fostering political reconciliation in affected States. It aims to identify best practices which may inform the choice between the establishment of international criminal tribunals and recourse to other mechanisms, and which may render existing or future tribunals more effective institutions.
  16. Jurisdiction over Antitrust Violations in International Law
    230 pp. | hardback

    This book analyzes whether, and to what extent, the exercise of extraterritorial jurisdiction in cartel and merger matters is in fact lawful under international law. It does so from a transatlantic perspective, with an emphasis on practice in the United States and the European Community. The book mainly focuses on the use of the controversial effects and implementation doctrines of jurisdiction.