By Chima Centus Nweze, Editor
The book explores the broad range of legal, personal, social, political and historical foundations of international law. The book is a collective effort of qualified authors- law school deans and professors, national and international court judges, young and old international law scholars and government lawyers from varying legal cultures across the oceans of the world, representing diverse legal philosophical and corresponding practices bringing their stories to life, telling tales helpful for those well-acquainted with the issues.
Although one book of Liber Amicorum cannot address all the important issues in the vast arena of international law, these essays provide a rich and lucid understanding of issues of modern public international and comparative law. The beauty of the book lies in the fact that the issues discussed in the compendium by the diverse authors though familiar to comparatists, are given perspectives different from the usual Euro-American centrist standpoint that dominated the current writings in international law. The collected essays will be found most useful as an informative tool in the discovery of progressive development of international law as well as in the study of comparative legal systems.
The legal essays contained in this treatise on various important issues of public international and comparative law are interesting, well researched, and written from multi-disciplinary perspectives by very well-qualified legal scholars from different backgrounds and cultures of the world. All the authors are exceptionally knowledgeable and experts in their chosen fields. It is strongly urged that people should read these essays in order to fully appreciate the contributions of international legal scholars to world peace, international development, understanding and progress. Nothing can be more befitting in honoring Professor Dr. Christian Nwachukwu Okeke for his enormous contributions to the positive development of the legal academy nationally and internationally.
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai Ph.D., Academic Chancellor, Bosas International Law Bureau, Abuja, Nigeria
Chima Nweze's Contemporary Issues on Public International and Comparative Law: Essays in Honor of Professor Christian Nwachukwu Okeke, is a magisterial work of enormous scope and depth that brings together a diverse group of internationally distinguished authors from academia, government and private practice. The Liber Amicorum is impressive both in range of subject matter and quality of analysis and merits the attention of scholars and global policy makers.
Ndiva Kofele Kale, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Professor C.N. Okeke is a very fine scholar in international law. He has taught the subject in Universities in Africa, Europe and the United States. In all these continents, he has made tremendous impact on students of the subject. I regard the essays as a useful epilogue to his successful career as a teacher and researcher of international law. I heartily recommend the essays to all that are interested in the study of international law. I have no doubt in my mind that the essays will provide a useful addition to the growing literature in international law. I commend the contributors for a worthy compendium.
Niki Tobi Ph.D., Justice of the Supreme Court and Professor of Law, Nigeria
The collection of essays constitutes a collective effort of qualified international jurists and comparatists from varying cultures across the oceans of the world, representing diverse legal philosophies and corresponding practices. The beauty of this memorable work lies in the commendable dedication of Justice Chima Centus Nweze, an erudite judge and scholar of the Nigeria Court of Appeal, in honor of his dearest and nearest teacher and mentor - Professor Christian Nwachukwu Okeke. These collected essays will be found most useful as an informative tool in the discovery of progressive development of international law as well as in the study of comparative legal systems. I commend the Liber Amicorum and strongly recommend the compendium to all.
Sompong Sucharitkul, D.C.L. (Oxon), Distinguished Emeritus Professor of International & Comparative Law, Bangkok, Thailand
The book, "Contemporary Issues on Public International and Comparative Law" in Honor of Professor Christrian Nwachukwu Okeke, is an invaluable collection of essays from scholars and experts from different part of the world. It is a useful source of materials and suggestions for solutions in the subject areas covered. Scholars, researchers and policy makers will find the volume a useful companion.
Professor U.O. Umozurike, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of International Law, Dean, Faculty of Law, Abia State University, Uturu, Okigwe, Nigeria
February 2009, 806 pages