This highly original series offers a unique appraisal of the state-of-the-art of research and thinking in international law. Taking a thematic approach, each volume, edited by a prominent expert, covers a specific aspect of international law or examines the international legal dimension of a particular strand of the law. A wide range of sub-disciplines in the spheres of both public and private law are considered, from international environmental law to international criminal law, from international economic law to the law of international organisations, and from international commercial law to international human rights law. The Research Handbooks comprise carefully commissioned chapters from leading academics as well as those with an emerging reputation. Taking a genuinely international approach to the law, and addressing current and sometimes controversial legal issues, as well as affording a clear substantive analysis of the law, these Handbooks are designed to inform as well as to contribute to current debates. Equally useful as reference tools or introductions to specific topics, issues and debates, the Handbooks will be used by academic researchers, post-graduate students, practicing lawyers and lawyers in policy circles.