This is an important new book which bridges the gap between international relations and international law. The aim is to promote an interdisciplinary exchange of legal information and ideas, in an effort to make international law accessible to a wider audience. The scope of this text explores the concepts and techniques of international law, and illustrates the latest advances in our understanding of many of the specific mechanisms that are used to maintain global order. This book represents a special effort to bring together the information that would allow a non-legal oriented reader to appreciate the important role that international law plays in international relations between states in our era of globalization. Clearly written and organized without losing depth and richness, this introductory text is suitable for students of introductory programs in political science & international relations. It can also be a very useful resource for readers across the social sciences spectrum and for those working in the developmental sectors and those even remotely connected with international relations.