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By Peter Malanczuk

First released in 1970, a latest creation to overseas legislation quickly tested itself because the most generally used and winning textbook in its box. It covers various subject matters from diplomatic immunity to the UN and from attractiveness of presidency to conflict crimes. This re-creation has been thoroughly revised and up to date by means of Peter Malanczuk to take account of many fresh advancements and comprises new chapters on human rights, the surroundings and the economic system.

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Vattel exercised a strong and pernicious influence on many writers and states during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; even today his influence is still sometimes felt. An intellectual climate which encourages states to assert their rights and to ignore their duties is a sure recipe for disorder. The theory of sovereignty One word which recurs frequently in the writings of Vattel’s followers is ‘sovereignty’, and it is doubtful whether any single word has ever caused so much intellectual confusion and international lawlessness.

37 See Chapter 17 below, 260–1. 38 On the role of doctrine as a subsidiary source of contemporary international law see Chapter 3 below, 51–2. 39 See Grewe (1984), op. , 647 et seq. F. Koeck, Natural Law: The Tradition of Universal Reason and Authority, in Macdonald/ Johnston (eds), 1983, op. , 51–78. Haggenmacher/J. Bull/B. Roelofsen, Grotius and the ‘Grotian Heritage’ in International Law and International Relations, The Quartercentenary and its Aftermath (ca. ), A Normative Approach to War. Borschenberg, Hugo Grotius ‘Commentarius in theses XI’: An Early Treatise on Sovereignty, the Just War, and the Legitimacy of the Dutch Revolt, 1994.

49 But there is no fixed dividing line between independence and loss of independence; it is a matter of degree and opinion; even ‘independence’ shares some of the emotive qualities of the word ‘sovereignty’. For instance, the idea of joining a supranational organization like the European Union, which would have been regarded as an intolerable restriction upon independence a century ago, is nowadays discussed in the more realistic terms of economic advantages and disadvantages. 50 Legal results of the period up to the First World War What were the main legal results of the development of this ‘classical’ and basically European international law, which seemed to view states as living more in a situation of anarchy than of law and order?

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