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International Incidents
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What law "counts" in international politics? Does any? How are effective international norms established? This provocative book introduces a new way of looking at these questions. It shows that many international standards of acceptable conduct derive far less from adjudications, statutes, or treaties and far more from what is found to be acceptable in the conflicts that we today call international incidents. The contributors demonstrate how law that counts has been developed, modified, and terminated in a variety of dramatic international incidents: the Cosmos 954 satellite accident, the downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, the Harrods bombing, the Argentine invasion of the Falklands/Las Malvinas, the incursions of foreign submarines into Swedish waters, the Soviet gas pipeline problem, the situation in Lebanon, and the Gulf of Sidra incident. This volume is a first, experimental effort at establishing a format for a new and more relevant kind of international political and legal analysis.

Originally published in 1988.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. International Incidents: Introduction to a New Genre in the Study of International Law
  2. W. MICHAEL REISMAN
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. 2. Incidents: An Essay in Method
  2. ANDREW R. WILLARD
  3. pp. 25-39
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  1. 3. Foreign Submarines in Swedish Waters: The Erosion of an International Norm
  2. ROMANA SADURSKA
  3. pp. 40-67
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  1. 4. Cosmos 954: The International Law of Satellite Accidents
  2. pp. 68-84
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  1. 5. The Soviet Gas Pipeline Incident: Extension of Collective Security Responsibilities to Peacetime Commercial Trade
  2. pp. 85-114
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  1. 6. The Argentine Invasion of the Falklands: International Norms of Signaling
  2. pp. 115-143
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  1. 7. The War in Lebanon: The Waxing and Waning of International Norms
  2. pp. 144-180
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  1. 8. The Gulf of Sidra Incident of 1981: The Lawfulness of Peacetime Aerial Engagements
  2. pp. 181-201
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  1. 9. The Shooting of Korean Air Lines Flight 007: Responses to Unauthorized Aerial Incursions
  2. pp. 202-237
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  1. 10. The Bombing of Harrods: Norms Against Civilian Targeting
  2. pp. 238-262
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  1. 11. The Study of Incidents: Epilogue and Prologue
  2. pp. 263-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-279
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