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International Law

International law traditionally looks to regulate relations between states. Since the end of the Second World War, the protection of human dignity has become a central pillar of international law. In this time, international law has developed to govern the activities of international organisations and has an increasing impact on the activities of private corporations.

The United Nations Charter sets out the fundamental principles of modern public international law, notably:

Promotion of human rights;

The strict limitation on the right to use force against other states;

The strict prohibition on the acquisition of territory by force.

  • Principles of Public International Law

    International humanitarian law (IHL) is a branch of public international law. To fully understand how IHL works and operates, it is important to understand the basic structures, principles and rules of public...
  • Sources of International Law

    The main sources of international law are treaty law, international customary law and general principles of law recognised by civilised nations.
  • International Law & Self Determination

    The right of all peoples to self-determination is one of the core principles of international law and, by virtue of its erga omnes status, it is the responsibility of all states to ensure that this right is...
  • Enforcement of International Law

    Looking at the events taking place across the globe today it is clear that a large number of states are repeatedly violating their international obligations. In the absence of a global police, states at times...