It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Jus Cogens!
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law
Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-6, 1990
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper 10-30
What we require - like the third bowl of soup in the story of the three bears - is a theory of jus cogens that is Just Right. I do not know if such a theory is possible. I don't even know if one is conceivable. But if someone conceives it, that person deserves the very next International Oscar. To qualify for the award, the theory must answer the following questions: (l) What is the utility of a norm of jus cogens (apart from its rhetorical value as a sort of exclamation point)? (2) How does a purported norm of jus cogens arise? (3) Once one arises, how can international law change it or get rid of it?
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: jus cogens, norms in international law
JEL Classification: K33, K10, K30
Date posted: August 7, 2010 ; Last revised: August 18, 2010