Saturday, February 4, 2012

Conforti: An Introduction to International Law

Benedetto Conforti (Univ. of Naples “Federico II” - Law; formerly, Judge, European Court of Human Rights) has published An Introduction to International Law (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2012). Here's the abstract:
This book touches upon the main subjects in public international law, with special emphasis on the application of international rules within the national legal orders. The treatment of the matter is based on the practice, particularly on the case law of international and domestic courts. The main characteristic of the book is the very extensive discussion of the role of domestic courts, as well as public officials, in order to achieve the effectiveness of international law. National judges, who are considered the principal addressees of the book, are viewed as a sort of propelling force behind international law to the extent that they perceive the need to realize that international solidarity which is too often lacking at the level of governments.