As one of the members of the first slate of judges appointed to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) when it was established in 1996, an appointment he held until 2005, David Anderson, the author of the recently published Modern Law of the Sea. Selected Essays, is obviously qualified to comment on international law and, in particular, the law of the sea. The question is more whether this book contributes to research or scholarship in the field: does it present any new insights or new information or ideas? Given increasingly scarce budget resources for research libraries there is the also the related utilitarian question: is it useful and will it be used and by whom? These are tough questions particularly since this book comprises 36 chapters/essays, the majority of which are previously published articles in journals or as chapters in other books (most but not all of the chapters are updated to November 2006). It has to meet the formidable challenge of providing the reader with sufficient additional value to warrant the healthy price attached to it and the time devoted to reading it. This means that, in addition to the question of the
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