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IP 4/14 International Law—what is it? Traditional Notion: The state is the actor State is sovereign, makes its own decisions Sources: International treaties International customs General principles of law recognized by civilized nations Diplomatic immunity Rules of war: don’t kill civilians Theory of just war—Grotius 16 th century Jus in bello: Justice in war—conduct during war. Don’t target civilians Jus ad bellum: Why do you go to war…what are your reasons Sufficient cause for war…war is just if your state is attacked Who is the actor in war The state is the actor State is sole legitimate authority to declare war ICJ 15 judges (5 from states on security council with veto power) Deals with states No enforcement mechanism States are sovereign They can choose to ignore rulings Recent rulings Costa Rica and Nicaragua—border area Australia and Japan—whaling in the Atlantic
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Burkino Faso and Niger—frontier dispute Belgium and Switzerland—civil matters
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