With a unique focus on the South African experience, this is a comprehensive work on the rules and principles of international law and examines the ways in which they are applied within South Africa. This fourth edition considers both international and South African sources and provides an expanded focus on an array of topics, including secession, immunities of senior officials for international crimes, diplomatic protection, universal jurisdiction, the responsibility of international organizations, reservations to treaties, the Human Rights Council, the SADC Tribunal, the responsibility to protect, a review of Security Council action, self-defense against terrorism, the definition of aggression in the Statute of the International Criminal Court, the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court, the African Court of Human Rights, and the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
Anton Katz is a senior barrister at the Cape Town Bar and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination. Max du Plessis is an associate law professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a senior research associate of the International Crime in Africa Program of the Institute for Security Studies. He is also an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Bar. John Dugard is a professor of international law at the University of Leiden and a professor at the center for human rights at the University of Pretoria. He is a judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice, a member of the Institute of International Law, and an honorary member of the American Society of International Law. He is a corecipient of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Justice Prize. Arnold Pronto is a senior legal officer in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations and a member of the Secretariat of the International Law Commission.