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;