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Using International Law in Domestic Courts

By: Shaheed Fatima QC
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Published: 04-10-2005
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 504
ISBN: 9781841135151
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Using International Law in Domestic Courts

International law is increasingly referred to and utilised in English courts,in fields as diverse as criminal proceedings, children's rights, tort law, and asylum cases. Despite this use, there is currently no book on the market (whether a practitioner text or otherwise) which addresses this subject-matter in detail. Hence the need for this book - by a practitioner and for practitioners, regardless of their specialist area of practice - on how international law is and can be used in the domestic courts.

The book presents in a distilled format the relevant principles of law, and their application in this area and provides a guide to relevant international instruments and the way(s) in which these instruments have been referred to or used in English courts. While the emphasis is on stating the law as it is, the author also identifies the principles which are likely to guide practitioners in an otherwise unstructured area, supported by specific examples which will provide a subject guide to relevant instruments and sources and how they can be used.

Table Of Contents

PART I: SOURCING INTERNATIONAL LAW
1. INTERNATIONAL LAW IN DOMESTIC PRACTICE AREAS
2. SOURCES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

PART II: USING INCORPORATING STATUTES AND INCORPORATED TREATIES
3. INCORPORATING STATUTES
4. INTERPRETING TREATIES: GENERAL PRINCIPLES
5. INTERPRETING TREATIES: SUPPLEMENTARY MEANS
6. THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES ACT 1972: A DIRECTLY INCORPORATING STATUTE
7. THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998: AN INDIRECTLY INCORPORATING STATUTE

PART III: USING UNINCORPORATED TREATIES
8. UNINCORPORATED TREATIES
9. UNINCORPORATED TREATIES AND LEGISLATION
10. UNINCORPORATED TREATIES AND COMMON LAW
11. UNINCORPORATED TREATIES, DISCRETION AND LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS

PART IV: JUDICIAL RESTRAINT, ACT OF STATE AND CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW
12. JUDICIAL RESTRAINT AND ACT OF STATE
13. CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW

Reviews

“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

“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

“…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

“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

“...an 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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