Chapter 52 International Law

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should understand the following:

  1. The concepts of sovereignty, self-determination, failed states, and failing states
  2. The sources of international law, and examples of treaties, conventions, and customary international law
  3. How civil-law disputes between the parties from different nation-states can be resolved through national court systems or arbitration
  4. The well-recognized bases for national jurisdiction over various parties from different nation-states
  5. The doctrines of forum non conveniens, sovereign immunity, and act of state