The International Law Commission's Articles on State Responsibility

The International Law Commission's Articles on State Responsibility : Introduction, Text and Commentaries

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In 2001 the International Law Commission completed its work on State responsibility, begun 40 years previously. The Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts marks a major step in the codification and progressive development of international law, comparable in significance to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. The Articles cover such topics as attributing conduct to the State; defining when there has been a breach of international law and the excuses or justifications for breaches; reparation for injustices, the invocation of responsibility, especially standing of States in the public interest, and the rules relating to countermeasures. The Articles develop basic concepts of international law, in particular peremptory norms and obligations to the international community as a whole. They signal definitively how international law has moved away from a purely bilateral conception of responsibility to accommodate categories of general public interest (human rights, the environment etc.).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 26mm | 650g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0521013895
  • 9780521013895
  • 624,321

Table of contents

Preface; Note on sources and style; List of abbreviations; Table of cases; Introduction; Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts: Part I. The Internationally Wrongful Act of a State: 1. General principles; 2. Attribution of conduct to a state; 3. Breach of an international obligation; 4. Responsibility of a state in connection with the act of another state; 5. Circumstances precluding wrongfulness; Part II. Content of the International Responsibility of a State: 6. General principles; 7. Reparation for injury; 8. Serious breaches of obligations under peremptory norms of general international law; Part III. The Implementation of the International Responsibility of a State: 9. Invocation of the responsibility of a state; 10. Countermeasures; Part IV. General Provisions; Appendix 1: drafting history; Appendix 2: Draft articles on state responsibility provisionally adopted by the International Law Commission on first reading (1996); Appendix 3: table of equivalent articles; Select bibliography; Index.
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'... after 50 years of effort, the completion of the ILC's project represents a significant and necessary ... step toward the advancement of a developed system of the international rule of law, and the contribution of James Crawford providing the final impetus is to be welcomed.' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights "...Crawford has combined his unique insight and experience with a valuable collection of primary sources and analytical tools to produce an indispensable guide not only the ILC articles, but to the foundational area of state responsibility in general." The American Journal of International Law "Researchers will appreciate the well-constructed index, which indexes more than thirty concepts under the heading 'Words and Phrases Defined.' Its detailed listings permit readers to zero in on concepts such as continuing wrongful acts, invocation of responsibility, and collective obligations. In short, although researchers have Web access to much of the primary material in this book, its added features make it a worthwhile purchase for libraries with international law interests." Law Library Journal
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