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Fundamental Perspectives on International Law, 6th Edition

  • William R. Slomanson Thomas Jefferson School of Law & Pristina University (Kosovo)
  • ISBN-10: 0495797197  |  ISBN-13: 9780495797197
  • 792 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
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In a fairly succinct treatment, FUNDAMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL LAW provides a unique mix of cases, articles, documents, text, charts, tables, and questions. The key concepts of international law are introduced through thoroughly up-to-date content. Important cases are continually updated on the author’s website. The text is complemented by numerous review problems.

Features and Benefits

  • Additional cases are available on the author's continually updated website, as well as other resources for students and instructors, at http://www.tjsl.edu/slomansonb/txtcsesite.html.
  • Edited cases (with author commentary) illustrate major concepts and help students understand cases from many countries. Cases are followed by notes and questions designed to illustrate the primary issues of the case.
  • Excerpts from international articles and other material provide insight into foreign perspectives on international law.
  • Chapter opening vignettes showcase major events and themes.
  • Numerous problems end each chapter, with many based on actual events. These present case scenarios that allow students to apply chapter material to contemporary international law problems.

Table of Contents

Table of Cases.
Table of Treaties/Resolutions, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
1. What is International Law?
2. States.
3. Organizations.
4. Individuals and Corporations.
5. Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.
6. Range of Sovereignty.
7. Treaties.
8. Arbitration and Adjudication.
9. Use of Force.
10. Human Rights.
11. Environment.
12. Economic Relations.

What's New

  • The 5th edition Chapter 7 (Diplomacy) has been combined into Chapter 2 (States). This merger better reflects the negotiating feature of day-to-day interaction between states.
  • Chapter sections are structured in alpha-numeric order and there is now a one-page summary of chapter content for quick access and review of chapter material.
  • New decisions are included by national and international tribunals including from the International Court of Justice its validity of Kosovo independence case; its 2009 Georgia v. Russia Racial Discrimination treaty case; its 2007 Bosnia v. Serbia genocide case; and from the International Criminal Court its 2009 first-ever arrest warrant for a sitting national president.
  • Many new or revised role playing problems for probing student comprehension via applications of course material.
  • New sections on: extraordinary rendition, national court adjudication of international issues; organizational and corporate accountability; the so-called "redefinition" of torture; how a new US presidential administration seeks to do an "about face" regarding the War on Terror policies of the prior administration; a revised human rights chapter, now offering a potpourri of subsections on rights-specific groups; a revised environmental chapter that now offers readings on alternative environmental fora, war and the environment, criminal law options, environmental human rights, corporate environmental responsibility; and the economic chapter’s coverage of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and globalization backlash.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"One of the few texts to address Islam and international law…To my mind there is no undergraduate textbook on the present market that does as comprehensive and inclusive study of economics in such a confined space from a legal perspective than this undergraduate textbook." Robert Bledsoe, University of Central Florida

— Robert Bledsoe

"International Law is thorough, challenging, and accessible, all key ingredients for a successful semester…This text prepares students for further studies in international law in a way that other textbooks fail to achieve." Tina Mueller, University of Nebraska

— Tina Mueller

"Slomanson …meet(s) the demand for more detail and depth." Wesley Millner, University of Evansville

— Wesley Millner

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William R. Slomanson

William Slomanson is a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. His military experience in Viet Nam sparked his interest in law and relations among nations. After earning his Juris Doctorate, he obtained a second law degree in International Law from Columbia University School of Law in New York. His eighth book, FUNDAMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL LAW, has been adopted for classroom use by one hundred and thirty-six universities in three countries. He has written many law review articles and legal opinion editorials. Professor Slomanson is the Chair (1995) and Newsletter Editor (1992) of the "UN21" Section of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.