Is it Really All About Commitment and Diffusion? - Why Do States Incorporate International Law in Their Domestic Constitutions?
14 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2007
The comment discusses the reasons for implementing international law obligations (of a customary or conventional character). The paper argues that any such implementation may not be explained (or, if ever, only partially) by the idea of pre-commitment. Rather, States have a genuine interest in the stability of the international legal system and their own adherence to rules of international law, the incorporation of which serves to avoid, as far as possible, committing violations of international law by rendering such violations unconstitutional or at least illegal under domestic law.
JEL Classification: K33
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