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This book examines recent developments in sources of public international law, such as treaties and custom operating among nations in their mutual relations, as well as developments in some of the primary rules of law international institutions created by these processes. It finds that public international law has become increasingly dysfunctional in dealing with some of the primary problems facing the world community, such as the maintenance of international peace and security, violations of international human rights and the law of armed conflict, arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, and international environmental issues, and that international law and international institutions face a problematic future. It concludes, however, that all is not lost. There are possible alternative futures for international law and legal process, but choosing among them will require the world community making hard choices.
John F. Murphy is Professor of International Law and Business in the Villanova University School of Law, Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is The United States and the Rule of Law in International Affairs (Cambridge University Press, 2004). He has also written more than 136 articles, comments, and reviews, which have appeared in such publications as The American Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, The Israel Yearbook of Human Rights, The Tulane Law Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun. His book The Regulation of International Business and Economic Relations (co-authored with Alan C. Swan) won a Certificate of Merit from the American Society of International Law in 1992.