Ross was an important Danish jurist who wrote a series of influential treatises that combined legal realism, Continental jurisprudence and Scandinavian legal concepts. Although its title suggests a basic introductory work, A Textbook of International Law is actually a sophisticated presentation of his international law of jurisprudence. Reprint of the sole edition, never before reprinted.
"It is a pleasant task to welcome a treatise on international law with such a refreshingly new approach to the subject. (...) [It presents] the cardinal doctrines of international law according to a scheme which is at once novel and stimulating to the English reader." --R.Y. Jennings, Journal of Comparative Legislation & International Law, 3rd. Series, 30 (1948) 122
Alf Niels Christian Ross [1899-1979] was Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen. In 1956 he was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois. He served for seven years on the constitutional committee that laid the groundwork for the Danish constitution of 1953. His many books, which have been translated extensively, include Towards a Realistic Jurisprudence (1946), Constitution of the United Nations: Analysis of Structure and Function (1950), Why Democracy? (1952), Directives and Norms (1968) and On Guilt, Responsibility and Punishment (1975).