Importance Of International Law

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International Law By definition, international law is “a body of rules which binds states and other agents in world politics in their relations with one another and is considered to have the status of law.” International law is developed through cooperation and discussion between states. While international law seeks to govern all states, it must at the same time recognize the sovereign power that each state has over its property and possessions. To that end, law is created through discussion, and then must be ratified is sixty countries to be considered viable. There are two separate processes that can create an international law. Customary international law is slowly recognized in states as appropriate and correct. Because it was beneficial…show more content…
The first area concerns the obligation of the law, or the amount to which states are bound to obey the law. High-obligation rules “must be performed in good faith regardless of inconsistent provisions of domestic law.” Examples of high-obligation rules are crimes against crimes humanity, or the Geneva convention, and if a state were to breach the agreement with these laws, they are liable to give reparations to the injured party. Low-obligation rules are simply a suggestion to a state, or something they can aspire too, but will not receive any sort of penalty for not complying with the rule. Secondly, law differs in precision, or exact wording, that can allow or prevent loopholes for actors to get through. Some international law is extremely precise, to the point of a dozen subsections to explain the one law, while other law is extremely vague (“favorable conditions”). The final are is how the law varies in its degree of delegation for enforcement. Generally, enforcement falls to the International Criminal Court, in the decision of cases brought against a state by another, however, laws can be enforced by threat of lower rights in international institutions, or extremely specific international institutions may have the ability to heavily regulate states according to their area of
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