New book on Dispute Settlement

"Diplomatic and Judicial Means of Dispute Settlement" co-edited by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Marcelo G. Kohen, and Jorge E. Viñuales.

This book is the result of a conference jointly organised by the American, European, and Latin-American Societies of International Law.

The settlement of international disputes has been one of the most researched fields of international law since the adoption of the Charter of the United Nations. The obligation to settle international disputes through peaceful means, raised to the category of one of the fundamental purposes and principles of the Organisation, has contributed to the development of the practice of traditional means and the multiplication of new ones. Consequently, legal commentary has followed this path. Indeed, major studies exist on both diplomatic and judicial means of settling disputes. Some have a general scope, covering the full array of available means or a significant portion of them. Others focus on a specific method (e.g. mediation or inquiry) or on a given area of international law (e.g. human rights, environmental law, international trade or foreign investment). Yet, little attention has been devoted specifically to the interaction between diplomatic and judicial means of international dispute settlement.

In a new volume co-edited by professors L. Boisson de Chazournes, M. G. Kohen and J. E. Viñuales, this interaction is examined in detail. The volume, which is the result of a joint project undertaken by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and the Latin-American Society of International Law (LASIL), with support from the Swiss Directorate of Public International Law, the Graduate Institute, and the University of Geneva Law School, brings together a distinguished cohort of academics and practitioners to address this complex issue. Contributors include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, ICJ Vice-president Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor, and many other prominent international lawyers from different countries, such as Georges Abi-Saab, Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Lucy Reed and Hélène Ruiz Fabri.

Through a blend of conceptual approaches and in-depth case studies, the volume provides an analytical framework to steer research and reflection on this increasingly important area of international legal practice.

Further information: http://www.brill.com/diplomatic-and-judicial-means-dispute-settlement