in Andrew Mitchell and Jenny Beard (eds), International Law – In Principle (Sydney: Thomson, 2009) 141–155 (ISBN 9780455225692)
12 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2009
This chapter discusses the role and importance of the law on state responsibility within the wider context of international law; the sources of law on state responsibility, and in particular the significance of the ILC Articles on State Responsibility; the structure of the normative regime concerning state responsibility, including the technical distinction between a breach of an international legal obligation and an internationally wrongful act entailing state responsibility; the bases for attributing the conduct of various entities, groups and individuals to the state for the purposes of engaging that state's international responsibility; the various circumstances precluding state responsibility; and the consequences that arise for states that have committed internationally wrongful acts (including the duty to make reparation to injured states) and the consequences that arise for states that have suffered injury as a result of such acts (including the right to engage in lawful countermeasures).
Keywords: state responsibility, international law, countermeasures, reparation
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