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Main article: "Sources of international law

International law is sourced from decision makers and researchers looking to verify the substantive legal rule governing a legal dispute or academic discourse. The "sources of international law applied by the community of nations to find the content of international law are listed under Article 38.1 of the "Statute of the International Court of Justice: "Treaties, customs, and general principles are stated as the three primary sources; and judicial decisions and scholarly writings are expressly designated as the subsidiary sources of international law. Many scholars agree that the fact that the sources are arranged sequentially in the Article 38 of the ICJ Statute suggests an implicit hierarchy of sources.[13] However, there is no concrete evidence, in the decisions of the international courts and tribunals, to support such strict hierarchy, at least when it is about choosing international customs and treaties. In addition, unlike the Article 21 of the "Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which clearly defines hierarchy of applicable law (or sources of international law), the language of the Article 38 do not explicitly support hierarchy of sources.

The sources have been influenced by a range of political and legal theories. During the 20th century, it was recognized by legal "positivists that a "sovereign state could limit its authority to act by consenting to an agreement according to the principle "pacta sunt servanda. This consensual view of international law was reflected in the 1920 Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, which was succeeded by the "United Nations Charter and is preserved in the "United Nations Article 7 of the 1946 Statute of the International Court of Justice.[14]

Types of international law[edit]

Public international law[edit]

Public international law

Public international law (or international public law) concerns the "treaty relationships between the nations and persons which are considered the subjects of international law. Norms of international law have their source in either:

  1. custom, or "customary international law (consistent state practice accompanied by "opinio juris),[15]
  2. globally accepted standards of behavior (peremptory norms known as "jus cogens or ius cogens), or
  3. codifications contained in conventional agreements, generally termed "treaties.

Article 13 of the United Nations Charter obligates the "UN General Assembly to initiate studies and make recommendations which encourage the progressive development of international law and its codification. Evidence of consensus or state practice can sometimes be derived from intergovernmental resolutions or academic and expert legal opinions (sometimes collectively termed "soft law).

Private international law[edit]

Conflict of laws

Conflict of laws, often called "private international law" in "civil law jurisdictions, is distinguished from public international law because it governs conflicts between private persons rather than states (or other international bodies with standing). It concerns the questions of which jurisdiction should be permitted to hear a legal dispute between private parties, and "which jurisdiction's law should be applied, therefore raising issues of international law. Today "corporations are increasingly capable of shifting capital and labor "supply chains across borders, as well as trading with overseas corporations. This increases the number of disputes of an inter-state nature outside a unified legal framework, and raises issues of the enforceability of standard practices. Increasing numbers of businesses use commercial "arbitration under the "New York Convention 1958.

Supranational law[edit]

Supranational law

Systems of "supranational law" arise when nations explicitly cede their right to make certain judicial decisions to a common tribunal.[16] The decisions of the common tribunal are directly effective in each party nation, and have priority over decisions taken by national courts.[17] The "European Union is an example of an international treaty organization which implements a supranational legal framework, with the "European Court of Justice having supremacy over all member-nation courts in matter of "European Union law.

International courts[edit]

There are numerous international bodies created by treaties adjudicating on legal issues where they may have jurisdiction. The only one claiming "universal jurisdiction is the "United Nations Security Council. Others are: the United Nations "International Court of Justice, and the "International Criminal Court (when national systems have totally failed and the "Treaty of Rome is applicable) and the "Court of Arbitration for Sport.

East Africa Community[edit]

East African Community

There were ambitions to make the East African Community, consisting of "Kenya, "Tanzania, "Uganda, "Burundi and "Rwanda, a political federation with its own form of binding supranational law, but this effort has not materialized.

Union of South American Nations[edit]

Union of South American Nations

The Union of South American Nations serves the South American continent. It intends to establish a framework akin to the "European Union by the end of 2019. It is envisaged to have its own passport and currency, and limit barriers to trade.

Andean Community of Nations[edit]

Andean Community of Nations

The Andean Community of Nations is the first attempt to integrate the countries of the "Andes Mountains in South America. It started with the Cartagena Agreement of 26 May 1969, and consists of four countries: "Bolivia, "Colombia, "Ecuador and "Peru. The Andean Community follows supranational laws, called Agreements, which are mandatory for these countries.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "international law". Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ The term was first used by "Jeremy Bentham in his "Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation" in 1780. See "Bentham, Jeremy (1789), An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, London: T. Payne, p. 6, retrieved 2012-12-05 
  3. ^ Slomanson, William (2011). Fundamental Perspectives on International Law. Boston, USA: Wadsworth. pp. 4–5. 
  4. ^ Slomanson, William (2011). Fundamental Perspectives on International Law. Boston, USA: Wadsworth. p. 4. 
  5. ^ There is an ongoing debate on the relationship between different branches of international law. Koskenniemi, Marti (September 2002). "Fragmentation of International Law? Postmodern Anxieties". Leiden Journal of International Law. 15 (3): 553–579. "doi:10.1017/S0922156502000262. Retrieved 30 January 2015.  Yun, Seira (2014). "Breaking Imaginary Barriers: Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors Under General Human Rights Law – The Case of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child". Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies. 5 (1-2): 213–257. "SSRN 2556825Freely accessible. 
  6. ^ "Private International Law". 
  7. ^ Kolcak, Hakan. "The Sovereignty of the European Court of Justice and the EU's Supranational Legal System". 
  8. ^ Pagden, Anthony (1991). Vitoria: Political Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought). UK: Cambridge University Press. p. xvi. "ISBN "0-521-36714-X. 
  9. ^ Thomas Woods Jr. (18 September 2012). How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company. pp. 5, 141–142. "ISBN "978-1-59698-328-1. 
  10. ^ China and Her People, "Charles Denby, L. C. Page, Boston 1906 page 203
  11. ^ S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen, J. Frenk. 2012. “The Economics of New International Health Laws,” The Lancet 380: S4. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60290-1.
  12. ^ S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2011. “A Framework Convention on Obesity Control?” The Lancet 378(9809): 2068. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61894-1.
  13. ^ Slomanson, William (2011). Fundamental Perspectives on International Law. Boston, USA: Wadsworth. pp. 26–27. 
  14. ^ Charter of the United Nations, United Nations, 24 October 1945, 1 UNTS, XVI
  15. ^ Druzin; Druzin. "Law Without the State: The Theory Of High Engagement and the Emergence of Spontaneous Legal Order within Commercial Systems". Georgetown Journal of International Law. 41: 606. 
  16. ^ Degan, Vladimir Đuro (1997-05-21). Sources of International Law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 126. "ISBN "9789041104212. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Blanpain, Roger (2010). Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialized Market Economies. Kluwer Law International. pp. 410 n.61. "ISBN "9789041133489. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 


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