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International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts

By: Shaheed Fatima QC
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Published: 05-03-2020
Format: Hardback
Edition: 2nd
Extent: 536
ISBN: 9781849461504
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £80.00

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About International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts

In conflicts around the world, children are being killed, raped, abducted and recruited to fight at a shocking scale. In light of this continuing, if not worsening, general failure to protect children in conflict, it is questionable whether existing international law norms and institutions provide sufficient protection and accountability. Consideration needs to be given to whether international law can do more – practically and effectively – when moral lines are crossed.

That is the purpose behind this book. It reviews the position of children in conflict by reference to the 'six grave violations' as identified by the UN Security Council. It analyses the protection offered by international humanitarian law, international criminal law and international human rights law, and also assesses the related adjudicative accountability mechanisms. The analysis concludes with a number of recommendations and proposals for reform, with a view to enhancing accountability, deterring future violations and ending the war on children.

The book has been written by a team of lawyers, headed by Shaheed Fatima QC, and has drawn on the input of an expert advisory panel comprising leading academics, policy-makers and activists. It has been written as part of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict. The Inquiry has been sponsored by Save the Children and Theirworld and chaired by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


“Review of 1st Edition.
For the busy practitioner this book will prove an invaluable tool because not only are the citations present but also extracted - case book style - are the key passages that will be needed…an indispensable work that does something new, original and different to all the main textbooks on international law. Shaheed Fatima has rightly identified an unfulfilled legal need and meets it.
” –  Mark Stephens, New Law Journal 155 NLJ 1667; 4

“Review of 1st Edition.
Fatima's book is a vital contribution. It can assist the work of international and regional organisations involved in training programmes for judges, prosecutors and public defence lawyers in an effort to familiarise them with international law precepts…an important addition to the bookshelf. Its fascinating and comprehensive overview of the UK experience, which can be extended to a wide variety of settings, is welcome.
” –  Agata Fijalkowski, The King's College Law Journal, Vol 17, Issue 1

“Review of 1st Edition.
…a remarkable survey of recent cases…Fatima guides the reader through this immense body of case law with layers of meticulous subheadings prefaced by instructive commentary. The result is an impressive compilation for which practitioners in particular will be grateful.
” –  Gib Van Ert, The Cambridge Law Journal Volume 65

“Review of 1st Edition.
It is difficult to think of anyone better qualified than Shaheed Fatima to write [this book]. She has been immersed in the subject, as academic, in-house adviser and private practitioner…This book will prove invaluable to practitioners and judges…Above all, it does justice to the full range of the kinds of legal proceedings in which international law points may have to be considered, from aviation law to employment law and family law.
” –  Rabinder Singh QC, Judicial Review

“Review of 1st Edition. invaluable source for both newcomers to the area and experienced practitioners...The author's scholarship is extremely impressive: it seems that no domestic case containing any discussion of international law has escaped, and the domestic cases are supplemented by numerous international and comparative examples...Using International Law in Domestic Courts is an important book and achieves its aims of providing a clear, accessible but comprehensive reference point for the increasing number of lawyers whose practice raises questions of international law.
” –  Alison Macdonald, European Human Rights Law Review

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