International Dispute Settlement By J.G Merrils by Book Review


About the Author:

Sir James G Merrill, the author of the book, International Dispute Settlement, is also a well-known legal scholar and professor from the University of Cambridge. Interestingly, he taught Law as an essential subject all over the world. Until recently, he was an Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield. He was also a visiting professor at the Toronto University and Auckland University.

He also contributed seven years to the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. 

He is the author of seven books and seventy journals. Apart from these, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Law Forum. He showed a new, broad idea about the Law and its practices. Moreover, his works were centralized on the Disputable Law Study and Practices. His colleagues and students are highly devoted to his never-ending researches focusing on National and Internal politically based tensions and disputes. His ideologies gave light to the governments of several nations, too, regarding Law Reformations.

Book Insight:

The book, International Dispute Settlement, written by Sir Merrill, a professor at the University of Sheffield, is actually a guide to every solution to political disputes. Reading the book gives you a rough idea about diplomacy and the different legal methods used to solve disputes. 

It is a helping hand in understanding questions like what are disputes? What are international disputes? What are the different types of disputes? And how can different methods (maybe legal or diplomatic) be used to solve the dispute? The diplomatic methods include negotiation, mediation, inquiry, and conciliation, whereas legal methods include arbitration and judicial settlement.

The concepts of the book use many examples, starting from real-life to global stories. It provides readers with sufficient explanations regarding dispute settlement mechanisms.

Reading this book will enlighten your mind towards a legal perspective. The concepts are linked to day-to-day life and ideologies or, rather say simply anecdotal consisting of instances. The inclusion of recourses has also been highly marked. We get to know the change from recourse to arbitration. The chapters sufficiently explain to us the significance of the WTO dispute settlement system. The viewers interested in Law Reforms and interstate disputes give them a practical perspective on their methodological research and operations.

There’s also a brief description of disputes among several countries and states. The listing of several storylines behind disputes is mentioned. Not only the theories of disputes among nations but various settlements and agreements with their notion are also described in this book.

Reviewers of this book have given captivating comments that the words are so crystal clear to understand the disputed reformations. There are numerous occurrences in the book when you find that the topics are made easy to understand and illustrate important points. 

Sir Merrils surveyed different countries and their agenda. Different chapters specialize in different ideologies. It is assumed that the chapters are part of signifying magnificent historical instances on record. We will surely know the importance of the need for International Law after completing reading this book.

Different levels of disputes require different types of agreements or treaties. There is always the need for A law forum for the proper functioning of a nation or Global Strata. But if there occur certain ups and downs in this level, there occurs some Dispute. It may be interstate, intrastate, national, or international. We are now on the verge of a global Dispute. Today if we go through this book once also, we will roughly get an idea about the occurring and happenings related to tensions in the world.

A dispute is actually a serious conflict that integrates two big organizations or committees. Minor disputes are usually surrendered to judicial authorities. But if some significant disputes ever occur, we need to start from the base.

This book is a great read if you wish to understand International Dispute Resolution from its base. In fact, even a layperson can understand the basic geometry and Algebra of Legal Studies from here.

No matter how far we will go to science and its advancements. We will always need to be touching the roots of these legal ideas. There are many editions published of this book under Cambridge publications. Each edition is revised worth certain new amendments that best suit the changing global scenario. While studying Legal practices and dispute theories will surely come across the works and researches so far.

Therefore, this book is definitely worth your time. It gives you many answers to questions: Why does a Government fail? What are the reasons and remedies? Or Why does a Dispute occur?

A truly suited book for lawmakers and formulators of Law all over the world. This book gives you a critical approach to thinking far beyond the limitations of underrated laws.

Author: Amanpreet Kaur