By Thomas Buergenthal
This 5th variation of Public overseas legislation in a Nutshell is a concise but actual precis of the sphere of public overseas legislation, protecting its simple assets, actors, and tactics, and key subject material components, equivalent to human rights, the legislation of the ocean, overseas environmental legislation, the legislations of struggle, and U.S. overseas family legislations. This version is totally up to date to incorporate fresh treaties, associations, and ultimate courtroom judgements. The e-book is meant to be priceless for college kids, students, and practitioners alike.
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To international lawyers, “the practice of states” means official governmental conduct reflected in a variety of acts, including official statements at international conferences and in diplomatic exchanges, formal instructions to diplomatic agents, national court decisions, legislative measures or other actions taken by governments to deal with matters of international concern. Inaction can also be deemed a form of state practice. J. 226, para. 67 (July 8). A practice does not become a rule of customary international law merely because it is widely followed.
The reference here is to international agreements or treaties, both bilateral and multilateral. (For the law of treaties, see infra ch. ) Although a bilateral treaty between State A and State B would be a source of law in a dispute between them concerning an issue governed by the treaty, it is not a source of international law for the international community in general. Some treaties, however, can give rise to or be a source of customary international law. ” These treaties can perform a function comparable to legislation on the national plane.
V. J. 3 (Feb. J. 13 (June 3). Since international law is consensual in nature and since a practice does not have to be universally accepted to become a rule of customary international law, it follows that a state which has consistently rejected a practice before it became law, will not be bound by it. Although this is not a frequent occurrence, states may “contract out” of customary international law during its formative stage by persistently objecting to it. Cf. K. v. J. 116, 131 (Dec. 18). But once a practice has acquired the status of law, it is obligatory for all states that have not objected to it.