International law is the discipline that covers legal issues that are of concern to more than one state. The international society that we have today is, first and foremost, a society of individual nation states. It is this understanding that helps explain the purpose of international law, because it is only when an issue arises that involve the interests of more than one sovereign state that international law even becomes relevant.
The map below highlights some fascinating examples of international law in action; examples across the globe examining how the law can, or cannot, be enforced across sovereign states. You’ll find brief insights into maritime law and state violations involving kidnappings and poison, to name a few. Click on the links to listen to a longer podcast on the topic from author Anders Henriksen.