Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law

Ninth Edition

James Crawford

Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law

Ninth Edition

James Crawford






17 Jul 2019




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Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law has been shaping the study and application of international law for over 50 years. Serving as a single-volume introduction to the field as a whole, the book is one of the classic treatises on international law, now fully updated to order to take account of recent developments. It includes extensive references in order to provide a solid foundation for further research.

Authored by James Crawford, the ninth edition further secures the work as the essential international law text for students and practitioners.


  • Decisions of the International Court (e.g. Whaling in the Antarctic; the Marshall Islands cases; Peru v Chile; Somalia v Kenya; Costa Rica v Nicaragua; Bolivia v Chile)
  • Recent decisions on the law of the sea and the status of islands (Arctic Sunrise; Croatia/Slovenia; South China Sea; Bangladesh/India; Ghana/Ivory Coast; Timor Leste/Australia (Conciliation))
  • Decisions of senior national courts in the US (e.g. Bank Markazi v Peterson; Daimler AG v Bauman; Jesner v Arab Bank; Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum), the UK (e.g. Al-Saadoon v SSD; Belhaj v Straw; Freedom and Justice Party; Rahmatullah; Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; Benkharbouche v Sudan), the Netherlands (Mothers of Srebrenica; Urgenda Foundation), the Russian Federation (Anchukov & Gladkov v Russia) and elsewhere
  • Recent ILC work (including Conclusions on Identification of Customary International Law, and Subsequent Practice in relation to the Interpretation of Treaties)
  • Plus discussion of developments in the fields of climate change, diplomatic asylum (the Assange stand-off), international criminal law and the ICC, immunities of senior state officials, investment arbitration, corporate social responsibility, and the use of force by and against non-state actors.

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Part I: Preliminary Topics

1. Introduction

2. The Sources of International Law

3. The Relations of International and National Law

Part II: Personality and Recognition

4. Subjects of International Law

5. Creation and Incidence of Statehood

6. Recognition of States and Governments

7. International Organizations

Part III: Territorial Sovereignty

8. Forms of Governmental Authority Over Territory

9. Acquisition and Transfer of Territorial Sovereignty

10. Status of Territory: Further Problems

Part IV: Law of the Sea

11. The Territorial Sea and Other Maritime Zones

12. Maritime Delimitation and Associated Questions

13. Maritime Transit and the Regime of the High Seas

Part V: The Environment and Natural Resources

14. Common Spaces and Co-Operation in the Use of Natural Resources

15. Legal Aspects of the Protection of the Environment

Part VI: International Transactions

16. The Law of Treaties

17. Diplomatic and Consular Relations

18. Unilateral Acts, Acquiescence, and Estoppel

19. Succession to Rights and Duties

Part VII: State Jurisdiction

20. Sovereignty and Equality of States

21. Jurisdictional Competence

22. Privileges and Immunities of Foreign States

Part VIII: Nationality and Related Concepts

23. The Relations of Nationality

24. Nationality of Corporations and Assets

Part IX: The Law of Responsibility

25. The Conditions for International Responsibility

26. Consequences of an Internationally Wrongful Act

27. Multilateral Public Order and Issues of Responsibility

Part X: The Protection of Individuals and Groups

28. The International Minimum Standard: Diplomatic Protection and Protection of Investments

29. International Human Rights

30. International Criminal Justice

Part XI: Disputes

31. The Claims Process

32. Third-Party Settlement of International Disputes

33. Use of Threat of Force by States


James Crawford – Judge of the International Court of Justice and former Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge