"An Introduction to Contemporary International Law" by Lung-chu Chen

An Introduction to Contemporary International Law A Policy-Oriented Perspective Second Edition Lung-chu Chen

Publication date:
11 Oct 2000
Yale University Press
512 pages: 235 x 156mm


This book introduces the reader to all major aspects of contemporary international law. It applies a policy-oriented perspective, a highly acclaimed approach developed by a group known as the New Haven School that views international law not as a fixed set of rules but as an ongoing process of decision making through which the members of the world community identify, clarify, and secure their common interests. Unlike conventional works in international law, this book is organized and structured in terms of the process of decision in the international arena and illustrated with numerous historical examples and events. In this new edition, Lung-chu Chen updates his text and bibliography with respect to topics involving the end of the Cold War, increased trade, economic sanctions, new powers of the Security Council, use of force, international criminal law and institutions, and human rights.

Lung-chu Chen is professor of law at New York Law School.

?An important, masterful updating and further editing of Chen?s excellent original work. . . . The updated version is a necessary addition to an adequate international law collection and will continue to guide numerous students of international law.??Jordan J. Paust, University of Houston Law Center

?An interesting, comprehensive introduction to the approach to international law developed by Myres McDougal and his colleagues at the Yale Law School.??Allen L. Springer, Perspective (on the previous edition)