Themes and Theories

Rosalyn Higgins

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
Themes and Theories

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As President of the International Court of Justice, the author of this book is the world’s most senior Judge. This two volume set collects together all of her most important writings as a scholar, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and as Judge and President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). During these years, she has written on a wide range of topics including legal theory, United Nations Law, humanitarian law, the use of force, state immunity and diplomatic immunity, human rights, and natural resources law. As President and Judge of the ICJ, the author has played her part in the formulation of the Judgments and Opinions of the principal judicial organ of the UN. She has sought to ensure the ICJ — the senior international court — operates in a modern and efficient manner, and in cordial relationship with the many new courts and tribunals now existing. These aspirations are reflected in her speeches during the years 2006 to 2009, most of which have not hitherto been published. This volume contains a collection of all her Separate Opinions, amongst other writings, divided into ten Parts by subject matter. This includes specially written introductory passages by the author to present the catalogue of her writings and the correlative developments in international law by theme.

Keywords: International Court of Justice; United Nations Human Rights Committee; legal theory; humanitarian law; use of force; diplomatic immunity; human rights; natural resources law; international law; United Nations

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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