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Customary International Law


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1. The enigmas of customary international law; 2. Foundations of a new theory of customary international law; 3. Resolving the conceptual enigmas of customary international law; 4. Resolving the practical enigmas of customary international law; 5. Some applications of the theory; 6. The future of customary international law.

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This book sets out to articulate a comprehensive theory of customary international law that can effectively resolve the conceptual and practical enigmas surrounding it.

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Brian D. Lepard is Law Alumni Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and co-director of the university's Human Rights and Human Diversity Initiative. Professor Lepard has served as Chair of the International Legal Theory Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. His books include Hope for a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scriptures (2005) and Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: A Fresh Legal Approach Based on Fundamental Ethical Principles in International Law and World Religions (2002). His articles have appeared in such journals as the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law and the Journal of Human Rights.


'Lepard's aim was to articulate a comprehensive theory of customary international law which resolves the various conceptual and practical enigmas with which it is associated. He is certainly successful in setting out a comprehensive theory of customary international law.' Natalie Baird, New Zealand Yearbook of International Law
"This volume occupies a unique niche in public international law theory: a superb treatment of sources of international obligation, as well as foundational ethics. Brian Lepard is as a leading moral philosopher of the field." --David J. Bederman, K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, Emory University School of Law
"[T]his book presents an engaging, original and appealingly coherent contribution to the theory of CIL... Customary International Law is a valuable piece of scholarship worth reading for anyone interested in the conceptual problems raised by CIL." --Review in the Journal of International Law and Politics

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