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1. International Building Code 2003
by International Code Council
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Asin: 1892395568
Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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The 2003 International Building Code addresses the design and installation of building systems through requirements that emphasize performance.Fully compatible with all the International Codes, the 2003 edition provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive- and performance-related provisions.Content is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of materials and building designs.Structural as well as fire- and life-safety provisions covering seismic, wind, accessibility, egress, occupancy, roofs, and more are included. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars 49 states are now adopting this Code
Better learn this code. Local codes are being swept away by one standard. Here is Colorado each town had its own test, amendments and licensing system. California is the only state, having revamped its code 2 years ago, to keep its system.
I finish basements, often for homeowners who think they can do it. From Loveland, I can work any city without irate inspectors wondering why I don't know their specific requirements. Good book. ... Read more

2. Auschwitz
by Laurence Rees
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
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Published for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-a devastating and surprising account of the most infamous death camp the world has ever known.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the site of the largest mass murder in human history. Yet its story is not fully known. In Auschwitz, Laurence Rees reveals new insights from more than 100 original interviews with Auschwitz survivors and Nazi perpetrators who speak on the record for the first time. Their testimonies provide a portrait of the inner workings of the camp in unrivalled detail-from the techniques of mass murder, to the politics and gossip mill that turned between guards and prisoners, to the on-camp brothel in which the lines between those guards and prisoners became surprisingly blurred.

Rees examines the strategic decisions that led the Nazi leadership to prescribe Auschwitz as its primary site for the extinction of Europe's Jews-their"Final Solution." He concludes that many of the horrors that were perpetrated in Auschwitz were driven not just by ideological inevitability but as a"practical" response to a war in the East that had begun to go wrong for Germany. A terrible immoral pragmatism characterizes many of the decisions that determined what happened at Auschwitz. Thus the story of the camp becomes a morality tale, too, in which evil is shown to proceed in a series of deft, almost noiseless incremental steps until it produces the overwhelming horror of the industrial scale slaughter that was inflicted in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. ... Read more

3. Akehurst's Modern Introduction to International Law
by Peter Malanczuk
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Asin: 041511120X
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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First published in 1970, A Modern Introduction to International Law rapidly established itself as the most widely used and successful textbook in its field.This seventh edition has now been completely revised and updated to take account of many new developments. A Modern Introduction to International Law covers a variety of topics, from diplomatic immunity to human rights, and from recognition of government to war crimes. The book is original in several respects. The author is particularly concerned with the relationship between international law and international politics, and he devotes special attention to such controversial topics as self- determination and the expropriation of foreign-owned property where the conflicting interests and attitudes of different states are most apparent. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Quite difficult to read
This book is quite difficult to read. The books show importnat text in italics (sometimes) not even bold, different font type etc. You really don't know what's importnat and what's not until you get it on exam. Very very difficult to navigate within a text and do a lookup of important terms or topics. The index at the end of book is also very limited. The design is like of a paperback novel - just text, text and text, with very little differences in text. The only bold words are titles of chapters and subchapters. This has been so far the most difficult textbook to read I have ever had and I usually don't have problems reading any kind of textbook.
On the other hand the information within is invaluable, and give you clear idea of what is what and what matters in international law. Sometimes the explanations and text is not well-written, some places it reads like if you are reading a legal document rather than a textbook.
The book provides a generous sample of cases.
Authors should consider improving page layout and design, and writing in a bit lighter tone.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good international law book
"Akehurst's Modern Introduction to International Law" by Peter Malanczuk is one of the best books on International Law for scholars and students of law, now a days. The text was re-written by Professor Peter Malanczuk (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) with aditional information based on the new developments like International Environmental Law or International Economic Law.

Certainly the basics of the book correspond to older editions, but new chapters make it a clear example of an "International Law" book than a modest "Introduction".

The text is well written and the concepts are in order. However, definitions about important international legal institutions were missed, for example, International Environmental Law, Custom, etc. These and other definitions are important for students in order to have clarity on the institutions and the subject.

The book, however, is well structured, keeping the interest of the reader on the topics of International Law and giving information on every topic to search further on in other sources.

I hope that the book will have translation to other languages.

1-0 out of 5 stars great book
this was the best book I ever read, Yeah!

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative
As a student studying Political Economy, and hoping to pursue International Law at the graduate level - I find this book to be informative and an enjoyable read. Not only has the author taken steps to make sure the content is interesting and detailed, but the material is also unusually absorbing and has me "hooked".

5-0 out of 5 stars A new, valuable introduction to Int'L Law
The 7th edition of this classic among student textbooks builds upon the clarity and stile Michael Akehurst was famous for, and gives an up to date introduction to International Law. The author, Peter Malanczuk, Professor of International Law at the University of Amsterdam, included systematic references which will enable the reader to begin a journey into the advanced subjects of the Law - if he/she so wishes. Malanczuks perspective is broad and serves the needs both of students in International Law and in International Relations. ... Read more

4. International Business Law and Its Environment
by Richard Schaffer, Beverley Earle, Filiberto Agusti
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Asin: 0324261020
Catlog: Book (2004-05-03)
Publisher: South-Western College/West
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The text uses a thematic approach to managing the risks of trade in goods and services, the protection and licensing of intellectual property, and foreign direct investment. The authors examine both private and public law issues from both an international and comparative perspective. This edition focuses on the transactional aspects of international business as well as on the legal, cultural, political and economic environment affecting managerial decision making on a global scale. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent book for international lawyers
This book contains a concise explanation of every day problems regarding foreign transactions, together with an explanation of the Common law system specially in United States, this book concentrates pertinent cases for each of the subjects explained in it. ... Read more

5. International Building Code 2000 (International Building Code)
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Asin: 1892395258
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: International Code
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6. International Business Law, Fourth Edition
by Ray A. August
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Asin: 0131014102
Catlog: Book (2003-02-04)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Emphasizing practical application and theory of international business law, this book shows how firms doing business between the more than 185 countries of the world are governed and regulated.This book provides full coverage of all the main topics dealing with international business law including foreign investment, financing, banking, environmental regulation, multinational enterprises, sales, service, labor, transportation, intellectual property, and taxation.For practicing international lawyers book who need a complete, easy-to-use, and up-to-date reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Globalization and need to know International Law
This book is essentially important for every business person dealing in international arena and every student seeking careers in multinational businesses. The author covers almost all aspects of governing laws related to international trade. My personal statement would be that this book is not to just read but to use it in everyday's practices as a desk reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best help for international business law practitioners
This is the best book I've ever read about international business law. It is a very good guide to all issues concerning international law since the choice of a applicable law for a contract passing through contract contents, labor and taxes international legislation, ethics and finishing with the very new cyber law. This is a book to be read for specialists in both international law and international business, but also for practitioners of international trade. We have adodpted this book in our course of International Business Law at Universidad del Istmo in Guatemala. The best book I have consulted in the field. ... Read more

7. Transnational Business Problems (University Casebook)
by Detlev F. Vagts, William S. Dodge, Harold Hongju Koh
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Asin: 1587785382
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Foundation Pr
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Transnational Business Problems, Second Edition, focuses on European Union countries and other developing state economies and the principles and practices of international business. It provides exercises in dealing with developing economies, economies with currency problems, with immature legal systems, and with governments susceptible to corruption. It introduces students to the subject of taxes as they relate to international business. ... Read more

8. An Introduction to the International Criminal Court
by William A. Schabas
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-05)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Arguably the most significant international organization to be created since the United Nations, the International Criminal Court ushers in a new era in the protection of human rights. The ICC is designed to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when national justice systems are either unwilling or unable to do so themselves. This volume reviews the history of international criminal prosecution, the drafting of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the principles of its operation, including the scope of its jurisdiction and the procedural regime. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A nice historical introduction
I have attended author's lectures at Strasbourg. This book is a nice historical introduction about the ICC. I guess after the court is established and the Judges settle down on their chairs and volumes of case laws come out in Report form -- till then this book is a must read for everyone interested in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ignore Bush, Read This Book
Schabas succeeds fully in introducing the reader to the main features of the new International Criminal Court (ICC). His book is a model of legal exposition. He writes clearly, situates the ICC within the history of international law, relates the substantive law of the ICC to the jurisprudence of the Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals, and has interesting comments on the negotiating history that led to the ICC. After finishing Schabas' book, I was struck most of all by the care and thought that went into the design of the ICC, which conforms to the main lines of international law as the law has developed since 1945. The ICC is the world's best hope for bringing war criminals, human rights violators, and genocidalists to justice. It is a disgrace that the U.S. has tried to smother it in the cradle. (I am a U.S. State Department official.) ... Read more

9. The Nuremberg Interviews
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
Publisher: Knopf
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10. International Law Cases and Materials: Cases and Materials (American Casebook Series)
by Lori F. Damrosch, Damrosch
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: West Group Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good primer for international case law
I had the opportunity to use the previous version of this textbook four years ago, and found it to be very helpful, and not too heavy on the philosophical faddism found in some other materials on international law. I also had Professor Damrosch as my professor for the course, and found her to be a very good teacher. ... Read more

11. Terrorism: An Introduction, 2002 Update
by Jonathan R. White
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-15)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Recognized as the most objective, best-selling terrorism text in the market, TERRORISM: AN INTRODUCTION- 9/11 UPDATE strives to discuss the most sophisticated theories by the best terrorist analysts in the world, while still focusing on the domestic and international threat of terrorism and the basic security issues surrounding terrorism today. The student-oriented writing style is complemented by rich pedagogy, and there is an adequate amount of research and theoretical discussion to make this an ideal text for both the undergraduate and graduate level courses. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars OK if you know nothing about terrorism
A great deal of pretty basic information. Worth the purchase price but don't let it be your only source of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Text On This Important Subject
Prior to Sept. 11, I took a college course on terrorism and this was the only text available at the time. It was accurate and informative then, and remains so today. Jonathan White is one of the foremost experts on terrorism and it's correlation to religion in the United States. If you are entering into the field of criminal justice or public policy, I highly recommend reading this book. ... Read more

12. International Business Transactions: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook
by Ralph H. Folsom, Michael W. Gordon, John A. Spanogle, Michael Wallace Gordon, John A. Spanogle Jr.
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Catlog: Book (2004-06)
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13. Elements of War Crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court : Sources and Commentary
by Knut Dörmann
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-27)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This commentary provides critical insight into the negotiating history that led to the adoption of the international elements of war crimes. It also presents existing jurisprudence relevant to the interpretation of the war crimes in the ICC Statute. It serves as a tool in the implementation of international humanitarian law in cases dealing with war crimes and offers practitioners (judges, prosecutors and lawyers) and academics critical information on the substance of the crimes. ... Read more

14. Fundamental Perspectives on International Law
by William R. Slomanson
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-09)
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Comprehensive while remaining succinct, FUNDAMENTAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL LAW provides a uniquely effective mix of cases, articles, documents, text, charts, tables, and questions--all of which pique student interest while enhancing their understanding of key topics. The text is complemented by numerous review problems, as well as print and Web resources for further research. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars International Law: an important book on the subject
I read Slomanson's second edition for a college course, international law. This book introduces, defines, presents case studies, and gives the reader an overall understanding of international law. Since this is a very difficult application with much disagreement and controversy, I found this subject matter and book worthwhile. I would strongly recommend this book to interested readers of political science, international relations, international law, law in general, and for anyone who is interested in being better able to undestand or reach a better understanding of international law in the international arena.

Mr. Diego R. Rodriguez
Chicago, Il

5-0 out of 5 stars The most amazing book on International Law
The author has achieved a feat of Herculean proportions by his extremely lucid and perspicacious analysis of the very difficult and inaccessible subject of International law. International law is next only to Qunatum Field Theory in its profundity and deep conceptual underpinnings. The very fact that an ignoramus like me can understand and appreciate this work of genius goes to show that everyone even remotely interested in the field should read this book. ... Read more

15. Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)
by P.W. Singer
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-31)
Publisher: Cornell University Press
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As violence spreads in Iraq, many have been stunned by the extensive roles that private firms now are playing in the fighting. In seeking to understand exactly what was going on, ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, The Economist, Fox News, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, PBS, USA Today, and the Washington Post all turn to one source: Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry.

Named among the year’s top five books in international affairs by the Gelber Prize, P.W. Singer’s groundbreaking book from Cornell University Press explores one of the most interesting, but little understood developments in modern warfare. Over the last decade, a global trade in hired military services has emerged. Known as "privatized military firms" (PMFs), these businesses range from small consulting firms, who sell the advice of retired generals, to transnational corporations that lease out wings of fighter jets or battalions of commandos. Such firms number in the hundreds. They have an estimated annual revenue of over $100 billion. And, they presently fill military roles in over fifty countries, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. From recent events in Iraq, where some 15,000 private military contractors work on behalf of the coalition, including the four men brutally killed in an ambush in Fallujah earlier this year, to Latin America, where three American private military contractors have been held captive by Colombian rebels for the last 16 months, to Sub-Saharan Africa, where private military personnel earlier this year were arrested as part of an alleged coup plot in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea, these firms appear in the world's hotspots and headlines again and again. Yet, until Corporate Warriors, no book has opened up this powerful new industry to the public eye.

Now released in paperback, Corporate Warriors provides the first comprehensive analysis of the private military industry. The book traces the firms’ historic roots in the mercenary outfits of the past and the more recent underlying causes that led to their emergence at the end of the Cold War. In a series of detailed company portraits, Singer then describes how the industry operated and the three sectors within the industry: how military provider firms, like Executive Outcomes, a South African company made up of ex-Apartheid fighters, offer front-line combat services; how military consulting firms, like MPRI, a Virginia-based firm staffed by U.S. Army veterans, provide strategic and military training expertise for clients around the world; and, finally, how military support firms, like Vice President Cheney’s former Halliburton-Brown & Root, carry out multi-billion dollar military logistics and maintenance services, including running the U.S. military’s supply train in Iraq.!In fact, the book’s portrait of how exactly Halliburton got into the lucrative, but now controversial, military support business has served as a resource for investors, reporters, congressional investigators, and soldiers alike.

Singer then explores the many implications of this industry, ranging from their impact on military operations to their possible roles in international peacekeeping. He analyzes how the hopes for economy and efficiency duel with the risks that come from outsourcing the most essential of government functions, that of national security and soldiers’ welfare. The privatization of military services allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the way that war is carried out. However, as demonstrated in Iraq, the mix of the profit motive with the fog of war raises a series of troubling questions –for international affairs, for ethics, for management, for civil-military relations, for international law, for human rights, and, ultimately, for democracy.In other words, when it comes to military responsibilities, private companies’ good may not always be to the public good.

Corporate Warriors is a hard-hitting analysis that provides a fascinating first look inside this exciting, but potentially dangerous new industry. Its research has been featured by every single major news outlet in the United States and covered by media over 20 different countries.

Easily accessible to general readers, the book provides a critical but balanced look at the businesses behind the headlines. With the continued expansion and growth of this industry in the coming years, Corporate Warriors will be the essential sourcebook for understanding how the private military industry works and how governments must respond. As one reviewer describes, "Many fine volumes about U.S. foreign policy and world events have been published in recent months. This one is something special. Corporate Warriors might just be a paradigm shift. It may change the way people look at history and analyze current events…a must-read…" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars probably great
I have not read the book but the author was on a t.v. special called soldiers for hire. while mercenaries have some good purposes that the show adressed, the author gave some startleing facts about private soldiers (or civilian contractors) in our military. about one in 10 americans serving in iraq are private and they are able to just leave when they decide they don't feel like fighting anymore. there is a 30% dropout rate amoung contractors in iraq. some of them even control the newest technology, like unmanned aircraft. private soldiers are less effective than normal soldiers because they have less effective leadership, less backup, and less resourses. i definatly need to check out this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every American Should Read This!
This book should be on the essential reading list for any class on American politics, ethics, or foreign policy.

When I took military ethics at Texas A&M University, Manuel Davenport walked into class the first day and asked, "What is a military officer?"

In unison, the class responded, "Managers of violence."

As one of two 'nonregs' in the class, that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. In a piece Professor Davenport wrote in Army (May 1980), "Professionals or Hired Guns? Loyalties are the Difference," he noted the peculiar demands of the military profession and what sets it apart. To be a mercenary, a hired killer, is tantamount to being a paid murderer. That is not what the profession is about. For mercenaries, the client is a private entity, and loyalties are to the employer, not the nation, and certainly not humanity. To outsource our defense is to put it in the hands of people whose motive is profit, not the honor of public service, respect for the republic, or the protection of their the country and people they love. Dwight Eisenhower is surely spinning in his grave!

Tragically, this is where we are going: we have outsourced our republic. The government no longer has a monopoly on the use of force, even in our own military operations. Now, private companies are calling the shots. We have even outsourced the ROTC on 200 campuses! Bremer's personal guards, and much of our intelligence is in private hands. Who is really in charge?

As the abuses in Iraq demonstrate, there is a reason to have military officers. If not, we would simply empty our prisons on the enemy and go home. Hiring mercenaries is the downfall of any republic. What will happen when the mercenaries out-gun the United States Army? Who will we turn to then? Brown & Root? Blackwater? What if our enemies outbid us? What if terrorists pay more?

We're being sold out!

Joe Adams, Ph.D.
Mississippi State University

5-0 out of 5 stars First Steps in Studies of Privatization
Why does it take PW Singer to give us an accurate history of the Sierra Leone war and the role of private warriors? Why is he the first to inform us that ROTC has been privatized since 1996? Perhaps because the media does not grasp the full consequences of Al Gore's "reinventing government" movement of the late 1990s. Singer unveils so much that is unseen in a mere few hundred pages, the head spins.
Granted, this only is a first-pass analysis of Pentagon privatization. We need to understand what happened when NRO and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency turned over space imaging to the private sector. We need to know what Northrop-Grumman gained when it took over overseas-base construction and management for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2003-04. We need to grasp the changes in NSA and NRO that took place when most intelligence processing was outsourced to Raytheon, LockMart, etc. Singer does not get into these latter fields.
However, he is the first to recognize that the consolidation of the "big iron" defense contractors, like LockMart, Boeing, Northrop, is only half the story. It is far more important to understand what SAIC, L3/MPRI, Halliburton/KBRS, and the new consulting firms are doing, as they represent the military contractors of the future. Here's hoping this book moves into paperback, as it surely deserves a wider audience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Messiah, Mercenary, or Menace?
This book is an intelligent, extremely well researched look at the expanding global use of Private Military Firms (PMF's) in warfare. Singer gives a complete account of their evolution and re-introduction, illustrating how the end of the Cold War has given rise to thousands of PMF's with seemingly no end in sight. The belief that nation states hold absolute military control is quickly diminished as the author demonstrates how even the strongest of nations have out-sourced many key and in some cases, highly sensitive military industries once thought exclusively the charge of the government.

The author contends that although useful and perhaps necessary in certain conflicts, PMF usage on the battlefield is on the sharp rise worldwide. As their availability increases, the number of internal conflicts in weaker nation states have also risen sharply. He sees a new pattern emerging as their easy accessibility means conflicts "are now more easily waged for economic control and resource exploitation." But it is profit not patriotism driving these firms who in many cases are linked to multinational corporate structures complete with CEO's, shareholders, and market share. The notion of engaging in warfare for ideological or patriotic allegiance is doubtful and unlikely, as the very nature of these firms require conflicts persist for their own survival to flourish.

"Corporate Warriors" examines the good, the bad, to the ugly, and case studies past interventions some of which held remarkable positive outcomes, others which hold stark warnings for future implications, and still those where disgraceful accounts of lawlessness and moral ethics were completely abandoned. He discusses the almost non-existent public monitoring mechanisms to oversee possible conflicts in foreign policy and raises the issue of circumventing congressional oversight due to either current laws or offshore corporate links. The book discusses the paradox of mixing business with war and raises valid questions on legal, moral, and international accountability as even now firms with blemished histories in the Balkans have landed lucrative contracts in Afghanistan. Other firms who in the past often operated in the shadows, are seizing the window of opportunity opened as the "war on terror" gives off a sounding bell which is heard loud and clear throughout the industry .....their new meal ticket arriving on a platter.

5-0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, groundbreaking, & highly controversial book
Most folks will automatically assume this is a book about the latest generation of mercenaries. While that's certainly an aspect of this industry, there's a far more surprising side to this story: Their role in the restoration of peace, and in the reconstruction of wartorn countries.

Thus, private military firms (PMF's) are actually one of the 8 sectors of restorative development, often referred to as the global "restoration economy", which currently accounts for about $2 trillion annually. [Restorative development is defined as "socioeconomic revitalization based on restoration of the natural and built environments".]

This shouldn't be so surprising, given that most of them come from engineering or construction roots. But, why the dichotomy of good and evil? It's simple, really:

When PMF's are used to advance "new development" (such as exploiting someone else's natural resources, which often requires a "regime change"), they are often operating on "the dark side". When they are advancing "restorative development", they are usually the "good guys". The same dynamic can be found in the ordinary (non-PMF) civil engineering community.

Corporate Warriors does a wonderful job of documenting this fast-growing, highly profitable "ancient" industry, which is experiencing a rebirth as a major global force after 3 centuries of slumber. ... Read more

16. The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib
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Asin: 0521853249
Catlog: Book (2005-01-26)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Torture Papers document the so-called 'torture memos' and reports which US government officials wrote to prepare the way for, and to document, coercive interrogation and torture in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Abu Ghraib. These documents present for the first time a compilation of materials that prior to publication have existed only piecemeal in the public domain. The Bush Administration, concerned about the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, understood the need to establish a legally viable argument to justify such procedures. The memos and reports document the systematic attempt of the US Government to prepare the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law, with the express intent of evading legal punishment in the aftermath of any discovery of these practices and policies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A recorded history of sadism, incompetence, and cowardice
The editors of this book have done a fine job, and the publisher should be commended for bringing this sizable collection to print. Due to the size of the book, long periods of time would be required to read all of the memorandums in it. A great deal of information can be gained however from the perusal of even a small number of these memorandums. They give an inside view of the workings of a collection of individuals who are far from the combat sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, and whose goal is to make sure that they will be insulated from any legal consequences of their actions and recommendations. Joshua L. Dratel, one of the editors of the book, states this clearly when he asserts that the implicit message in the memoranda is that the policy makers who wrote them actually detest the American system of justice and find it impractical as a tool for fighting terrorism. This reviewer is in full agreement with Dratel's commentary. Indeed, the memoranda definitely support the notion that its authors consider it axiomatic that the Constitution, the Geneva Convention, and other bodies of law are impotent in the face of international terrorism. They have let the events of 9/11 lower considerably their confidence in rational, legal procedures for the resolution of conflicts. Dratel states it concisely and correctly when he states that the events of 9/11 `cannot serve as a license - for our government in its policies, or for ourselves in our personal approach to grave problems - to suspend our constitutional heritage, our core values as a nation, or the behavioral standards that mark a civilized and humane society.'

Some insight, however limited, can be gained from Memo 11, which is one of the memorandums that Bush put forward regarding the treatment of detainees and the prisoner-of-war status of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. After reading Memo 11, the question immediately arises: Why did the memorandums and discussion continue even after Memo 11 (the Bush memorandum to the Vice President, et al)? After all, in this memo, Bush explicitly states that the Geneva provisions do not legally cover Al Qaeda and the Taliban. But Bush emphasizes that even though he accepts the legal conclusions of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice regarding the inapplicability of the Geneva convention to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, and that he therefore has the "authority under the Constitution" to suspend Geneva, he nevertheless decides to "decline to exercise that authority." However, Bush is careful to note that he "reserves the right" to exercise this authority in future conflicts. In addition, he orders that detainees be treated humanely, according to the principles of Geneva, "including those who are not legally entitled to such treatment." Thus it appears that any further legal argumentation by anyone in the administration regarding the use of torture should be viewed as purely academic. But as this book clearly shows, there was still much discussion on these matters after Memo 11 was sent (February 7, 2002). The need for further discussion is not clear even after reading the memorandums that were sent between various individuals after Memo 11.

Torture has been practiced by many different individuals, political and religious groups, and regimes throughout history. Whether it is the Catholic Church in the Inquisition, the Chinese government under Mao ZeDong, or American military personnel in Iraq, the practice of torture is not exclusive to "leftist" or "rightist" political groups. The use of torture though to gain information is an implicit admission of the inability to collect real intelligence, either because of laziness or incompetence. Those individuals who practice torture for this reason no doubt understand this. They fully understand that torture is useless in gaining helpful information from prisoners. Therefore their decision to engage in the torture of prisoners is no doubt a result of their sadistic nature, which can be brought out not only in the theatre of war but also under the protection of religious and governmental institutions. These institutions, despicable and contemptible as they are, deserve every legal penalty available against them. Of course, legal penalties presuppose the existence of institutions that have the legal authority to carry them out. Considering the status and jurisdiction of international law in the last few years, the number of these institutions is in rapid decline, leaving the practical application of torture open to any country that desires to carry it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent way in to this tragic series of events
This book is an excellent way in to the tragic sequence of events in Abu Ghraib. It is dispassionate and gives you all the vital documentation that you need in order to make an independent considered judgement. If you want to know what really happened, this is the place to start. Christopher Catherwood (author of CHURCHILL'S FOLLY: HOW WINSTON CHURCHILL CREATED MODERN IRAQ: Carroll and Graf, 2004 and paperback 2005)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Compilation
Karen Greenberg, Joshua Dratel and the Cambridge University Press have produced a valuable resource for anyone interested in the controversy surrounding the United States' detention and interrogation of terrorists, suspected terrorists and other combatants in the War on Terror.

The introduction by Anthony Lewis and essays by Ms. Greenberg and Mr. Dratel argue that the memorandums, legal briefs, reports and interviews compiled in this volume conclusively prove President Bush and his administration systematically sought to circumvent US and international laws, conventions and treaties, with the ultimate goal of actively sanctioning and engaging in activities that any reasonable person would view as torture. As stated in the preface, "...this volume document[s] the systematic authorize the way for torture techniques and coercive interrogation practices, forbidden under international law..." While strictly true, this statement is also misleading. It's clear that some of the interrogation techniques extensively documented and admitted by the military and administration violate some "international" laws, such as human rights conventions adopted by the member states of the European Union. That these techniques violate international treaties and conventions to which the US is signatory is somewhat less clear. This book provides no new information to bring that debate to a close, although the documents will reinforce the opinions of those driven by ideology to the presumption of guilt.

Messrs. Lewis' and Dratel's essays are direct and somewhat vitriolic in their criticism.Mr. Lewis labels the US prosecution of the War on Terror as "the cause of evil", firmly establishing the ideological prism through which he views the torture controversy.Mr. Dratel, who is representing detainees at Guantanamo, makes the arguments you would expect from a lawyer attempting to paint his client in the best light (and, by extension, their antagonist in the worst light).He makes an interesting point when he refers to the "[un-American]...antipathy and distrust of our civilian and military justice system..."Clearly, many in the Bush administration share a concern that the courts could be abused to the detriment of US national security, and are wary of the judiciary encroaching into what they feel is the realm of the executive, although whether you feel such scepticism is "un-American" will depend largely on your political leanings.Ms. Greenberg is more circumspect in her language, if no less direct in her criticism.There are flaws in the arguments of all three essays, including extensive innuendo, assumptions, and quotes taken out of context.However, the essays are thankfully brief, and the reader has the benefit of access to the source material in the same volume.

The extensive compilation of documents related to the controversial interrogation techniques approved for use by the Bush administration makes this book a truly valuable resource.Here you'll find the tortured legalese of the infamous Bybee memo, the Gonzales memos, Secretary Rumsfeld's direction to combatant commanders on the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan, the transcripts of MGen Tugaba's interrogation of the main players at Abu Ghraib and his ensuing report on the abuses, the Schlesinger report and reports on treatment of detainees from the ICRC and other humanitarian groups.Even though, with a little searching, all these resources can be found for free on the internet, the editors have done an outstanding job in compiling them into an easily readable format.The documents are provided in a chronological order that lays out, in a way individual news reports can't, how American leaders wrestled with fighting a new type of war that couldn't be neatly reconciled with existing conventions and treaties governing the conduct of armed conflict.The information is presented for the reader to study and draw their own conclusions. Anyone interested in the cause of justice and human rights, especially an American concerned that injustice may have been committed in their name, owes it to themself to become familiar with this record.

This book does not present, except in the legal memos from within the administration, any arguments that Pres Bush's decision not to apply the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War to the Taliban and Al Qaeda shouldn't be considered controversial, either by precedent or a common sense reading of the convention.Despite the title, you also won't find a clear chain of causation between the administration's decisions and what went on at the prison, unless you've already decided Pres Bush bears ultimate culpability for the travesty.However, you will get to see BGen Karpinski, the brigade commander at Abu Ghraib, throwing barbs up and down her chain of command in her deposition to MGen Tugaba. It's left to the reader to decide where the breakdown in command occurred.

5-0 out of 5 stars The slide into a rightist nightmare
This exceedingly important book documents the incremental slide into justifying the use of torture by the United States government and is a shocking depiction of just how easily and swiftly the downfall can occur. The various lawyers are shown being pumped for the legal grounds, in case of exposure. The assault on the Geneva Convention is depicted, and it seems the figures involved can't grasp the ominous implications, and don't want to. Their minds are made up. The dates of the various key memos begin shortly after 9/11 and show the onset and then its downhill all the way. It seems that with this administration it was an accident waiting to happen, and the excuse of 9/11 triggered a monster lurking in the predispositions of the Bush regime. This is a massive tome of nearly a thousand pages large size, but is extremely well done, and clear for all its detail.The record now speaks for itself and we have ample proof of the mindset of the Bush gang in action. ... Read more

17. Basic International Taxation
by Roy Rohatgi
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The taxation of international economic activities presents two essential considerations: revenues must be shared equitably by the nations involved, and those nations must be able to enforce their domestic tax laws.

Starting from these requirements of reciprocity and enforcement, Roy Rohatgi, an Arthur Andersen veteran with decades of experience, explains in this book the practical issues affecting international taxation of business income and capital gains. Unlike many books on this complex subject, his approach does not examine the tax perspective of any one country, but proceeds from an identification and analysis of the basic principles of the subject. This entails an understanding of factors, such as:
+domestic tax laws, rules and practices and how they conflict on cross-border transactions;
+bilateral tax treaties and their role in resolving international tax conflicts;
+the use of offshore financial centres in international tax structures and how to choose them;
+anti-avoidance measures imposed by national taxation authorities;
+the application of national judicial decisions and interpretations of national authorities; and
+international tax guidelines and interpretations of bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Basic International Taxation describes each and all of these elements, weaving them into practical planning guidance providing a fundamental understanding of this subject in a single, easy-to-follow book. It explains those principles of international tax planning that take the costs and risks of international taxation fully into account and thereby optimize the after-tax returns on cross-border transactions. Several important current issues, including the taxation of electronic commerce, are also addressed.

Practitioners and students of tax law will benefit enormously from this clear-headed guidance, both for its day-to-day reference value and for the depth of understanding it conveys concerning essential principles. ... Read more

18. The ICSID Convention : A Commentary
by Christoph H. Schreuer
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-23)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of other States is administered by ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes).Professor Schreuer provides the official text and updated commentary on the entire Convention, Article by Article. This volume incorporates the preparatory work, the literature and the practice under the Convention, as well as a complete tables and index, and cross references to the ICSID Reports. This practice-oriented guide will be an indispensable tool for anyone dealing with the ICSID Convention. ... Read more

19. Principles of Public International Law
by Ian Brownlie
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Asin: 0199260710
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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The sixth edition of Ian Brownlie's comprehensive and authoritative textbook has been thoroughly revised and updated to take into account all changes in the field of public international law since 1998. A new chapter on the Use of Force has been added and further discussion of the Environment. Its clarity, excellent structure, detailed referencing and depth and maturity of analysis make it the ideal text for students, scholars and practitioners. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The most authoritative, yet quite challenging for biginners
No doubt that this book is one of the most authoritative and orthodox textbooks in this field. With prolific cases and legal reasoning, this book offers a clear and profound understanding on "principles of international law," especially its Sources, Jurisdictions, and subjects, and basic theories thereof. A must have for those majoring in international law, I should say.

As for beginners, however, this book might seem quite challenging. A better-balanced structure would make Prof. Brownlie¡¯s book look all the more perfect; despite its overwhelming reasoning and theories, the book somewhat lacks in such topics as the ICC and law of war. For beginners who want to learn general aspects of international law, I would rather recommend Prof. Peter Malanczuk¡¯s ¡°Akehurst¡¯s modern introduction of international law,¡± or Prof. Malcolm Shaw¡¯s ¡°International Law.¡±

4-0 out of 5 stars but Brownlie says...
As mentioned by other reviewers, to even consider undertaking Jessup moot court competition, or any other major project in international law without first turning to Brownlie is to miss one of the most comprehensive texts on public international law. There are those of us who have comprehensively silenced arguments on a point of law with the phrase ' but Brownlie says...'. No international law collection is complete without this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Richard M.J. Thurston
Brownlie remains a standard in the study of international law. Not only is it an excellent text in itself, but the copious citations make it a very valuable research tool. Having had a long association with the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, I highly recommend this text to all students preparing for the Jessup. Its inclusion as part of the research process should be considered a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible on International Law
This book is a must for any serious research on public international law. Specially for the Philip C. Jessup International law moot court competition. Take my advice.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for international lawyers and students
This book is the first place to go with a basic question of international law. Brownlie provides both reasonable discussions and adequate sources for any student, practitioner, or researcher on a wide range of international legal principles. This book is a must for all Jessup competitors. ... Read more

20. Trade Regulation Cases and Materials: Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series)
by Robert Pitofsky, Harvey J. Goldschmid, Diane P. Wood, Diane Wood
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Asin: 1587785455
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Foundation Pr
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The text is an integrated discussion of the major antitrust guidelines produced by the Department of Justice and the FTC during the 1990s and significant antitrust process issues. The book’s comparative law materials reflect expanded antitrust systems of other nations. A series of economic essays and notes prepared in collaboration with economist Steven C. Salop, offer views on antitrust policy development. The casebook offers hypothetical problems throughout as a teaching aid. ... Read more

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