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Top Ten Works on OPIL 2019

As we move into 2020 we reflect on some of the most popular subjects that were researched by users of Oxford Public International Law throughout 2019, from the rights of indigenous peoples, to the principle of sovereignty.

Check out the list below for free access to excerpts and chapters from the top 10 most visited works across Oxford Scholarly Authorities in International Law and the Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law, as well as links to the top 5 Open Access titles in our international law collection.

Featured content will be free to read until 29 February 2020.


Most Visited Entries in the Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law

Daniel Thürer and Thomas Burri

Samantha Besson

State Responsibility
James R. Crawford

State Succession in Treaties
Andreas Zimmermann


Most Visited Titles in Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (Published 2018+)

Law and Force
From International Law and the Use of Force (4th Edition). By Christine Gray.

"The world in 2018 seems a dangerous place, and the legal constraints on the use of force imposed by the UN Charter after the Second World War have come under great pressure. The number of conflicts within states has..."

Who Are ‘Indigenous Peoples’? An Examination of Concepts Concerning Group Membership in the UNDRIP
By Joshua Castellino and Cathal Doyle.
From The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Commentary. Edited by Jessie Hohmann and Marc Weller

"Judge Dillard famously stated that it is for ‘the people to determine the fate of the territory and not the territory the fate of the people’. Articulated in the context of an attempt to determine the fate of the Western Sahara..."

The Caroline Incident—1837
By Michael Wood.
From The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, and Alexandra Hofer.

"Were it not for the ‘public and vainglorious’ boasting of one Alexander McLeod about his role in the incident, some three years after the event, the world of international law might never have heard of the ‘unfortunate case of..."


Most Visited Titles in Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (Classic Works)

From Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law (8th Edition). By James R Crawford.

"The law of nations, now known as (public) international law, developed out of the tradition of the late medieval ius gentium. Through an influential series of writers— Vitoria, Gentili, Grotius, Pufendorf, Wolff, Vattel, and others—it..."

From Diplomatic Law (4th Edition): Commentary on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. By Eileen Denza.

"The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations codifies the rules for the exchange of embassies among sovereign States. These rules protecting the sanctity of ambassadors and enabling them to carry out their functions are the..."

The Nature of International Law
From Oppenheim's International Law (9th Edition): Volume 1 Peace. Edited by Robert Jennings and Arthur Watts KCMG QC

"International law is the body of rules which are legally binding on states in their intercourse with each other. These rules are primarily those which govern the relations of states, but states are not the only subjects of..."


Most Visited Open Access Titles in International Law

Blame It On the WTOA Human Rights Critique

Environmental Protection and Transitions from Conflict to PeaceClarifying Norms, Principles, and Practices

The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

The Legal Effects of EU Agreements

Protecting Animals Within and Across BordersExtraterritorial Jurisdiction and the Challenges of Globalization


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