A Basic Introduction to the Sources of International Law
14 Pages Posted: 18 May 2014 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015
Date Written: May 16, 2014
The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief introduction to the sources of international law. It analyses treaty, custom and general principles of law and the subsidiary sources of judicial decisions and the opinions of the most highly qualified publicists. Additionally, it addresses the question whether the list of sources in the Statute of the International Court of Justice is exhaustive and finishes by considering potential hierarchies between sources.
Keywords: International Law, Sources of Law, Treaty, Customary International Law, General Principles of Law, Most Highly Qualified Publicists, Judicial Decisions, Hierarchy
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