IR International Law

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PSC 124.200: International Relations Hans Peter Schmitz, Spring 2008 International law Definition International law (IL) regulates the legal relationships among states. It treats all states as equals and it can only be created by states. Public international law regulates states. Private international law regulates non-state entities. Sources of IL Art. 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) identifies the following sources of IL: 1. international conventions (treaties), 2. international custom, 3. general principles of law, 4. judicial decisions and teaching. International conventions (treaties) Main source of international law: States express explicit consent . Signature : signifies the intent of a state to adhere to the treaty obligations. States bind themselves to internationally comply with the treaty. This act is usually the prerogative of the executive. Ratification : signifies the domestic implementation of treaty content. Treaty ratification is usually the prerogative of the legislative body (U.S.: two-third majority of the Senate).
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course POL 130 taught by Professor Sampson during the Spring '08 term at Gustavus.

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