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International law

What comprises international Law

International law is comprised of:

  • international treaties, conventions and their preparatory documents or "travaux preparatoire"
  • the general principles as codified by the International Law Commission
  • custom, as found in newspapers, hansards, government reports, statements at international conferences, national laws
  • international judicial decisions and decisions of national courts
  • scholarly writings as found in texts, treatises, articles and commentary

Consult the Statute of the International Court of Justice, Article 38 




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