Part I. The Legal Nature of War: 1. What is war?; 2. The course of war; Part II. The Illegality of War: 3. A historical perspective of the legal status of war; 4. The contemporary prohibition of the use of inter-state force; 5. The crime of aggression; 6. Controversial consequences of the change in the legal status of war; Part III. Exceptions to the Prohibition of the Use of Inter-State Force: 7. The concept of self-defence; 8. The modalities of individual self-defence; 9. Collective self-defence; Conclusion.
Yoram Dinstein's influential textbook is an indispensable guide to the international legal issues of war and peace.
Yoram Dinstein is Professor Emeritus at Tel-Aviv University. He is a former President of the University (1991-8), as well as former Rector and former Dean of the Faculty of Law. He served twice as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also a Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, a Meltzer Visiting Professor of Law at New York University and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.