Monday, May 29

The Basics of International Law

Various types of international law exist. Some of them are customary laws, Treaties, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Others are the laws and rules that are binding among nations. In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of each. In addition, we’ll take a look at the UN General Assembly and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. And in case you are wondering, what are these two institutions?


Treaties in international law are formal agreements between two parties. They can take various forms, and are typically comprised of a preamble and a series of articles, which specify the parties’ obligations and responsibilities. Other provisions include the duration of the agreement, the terms of termination, reservations and exclusions, and how the treaty will come into effect. A treaty may also contain reservations and limitations that the parties may choose to impose, depending on their specific circumstances.

The rule of effect requires that treaty interpretations should be consistent with the treaty’s purpose and object. It reaffirms the principle of effective interpretation. The Court’s reliance on the object of the treaty was a significant departure from previous case law. As a result, the Court’s jurisprudence in the treaty context has been influenced by subsequent agreements and practices, as well as relevant rules of international law.

When negotiating a treaty, countries usually appoint plenipotentiaries who have the authority to enter into a treaty. While signing a bilateral treaty is sufficient to make a state bind, multilateral treaties must be formally ratified by governments. Afterwards, the treaty will take effect, binding the states that ratified it. This process can take many years or even decades, depending on the complexity of the treaty.

The main differences between unequal treaties and colonial regimes are their extraterritoriality. The implication of extraterritoriality is that they are generally applicable to the Asian countries, in contrast to colonial regimes in other regions of the world. Moreover, treaty-related laws may also be inconsistent with the terms of the same treaty. So, it is necessary to know the rules governing international treaties before signing one.

Customary laws

There is an enduring debate about the relationship between customary law and international law. In particular, the relationship between customary law and international law is often murky. One area where there is some debate is the concept of jus cogens. In other words, the law is binding only if it has a binding effect on a particular nation or state. Customary law is a term that is often used to describe rules relating to international relations.

In recent years, the ICJ has been referring to the incorporation of Principle 21 of the Stockholm Declaration as proof that the ICJ recognizes customary law. This principle states that nations have a responsibility not to cause transnational environmental harm. Similarly, the ICJ has approved a principle known as “equitable utilisation of common water sources” in the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Case, adjudicating a dispute between Hungary and Slovakia over damming the Danube.

As far as customary international law is concerned, it does not derive from treaties but instead is based on general practices and a sense of obligation. For instance, the law of piracy is customary international law. It is binding on all nations without a need for ratification or accedence. It is an enduring law based on humanitarian reasons. Customary international law, in its simplest form, is derived from common practices and the principles of natural justice.

There are several examples of such customary international law. Among them are the Stockholm Declaration and the Kyoto Protocol. The Stockholm Declaration contains obligations relating to co-operation and environmental problems, including the conservation of endangered species, the protection of international waters, and the fair use of international watercourses. The Stockholm Declaration also contains obligations relating to the emission of noxious gases, as well as the prevention of pollution in marine areas.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court establishes a court for the investigation of serious crimes committed against humanity. The Court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression. It is an independent international organization with international legal personality. Its headquarters are in The Hague, Netherlands. The list of states parties to the Rome Statute is available online. Genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression are the core jurisdictions of the ICC. Although the ICC is not a part of the United Nations, the Rome Statute confers certain powers to the UN.

While the court has the power to prosecute individuals, the Rome Statute contains safeguards for political cases. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC prosecutor cannot initiate an investigation without the approval of three judges in the pre-trial chamber. The ICC prosecutor must seek the judges’ approval before obtaining arrest warrants. Moreover, he or she must confirm the charges before going to trial. As a result, the Rome Statute is a legal document that must be strictly followed.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court establishes its jurisdiction and structure. Its member states must support the court and send its members to stand trial. It is a crucial step toward strengthening international law enforcement. However, the court lacks police resources. It has not yet been able to begin arrest warrants against 14 individuals, and member states have held back on necessary budget increases. To prevent further abuse of human rights, the ICC must get the backing of the international community.

The Rome Statute was the result of multiple attempts to establish a permanent supranational court. The Hague International Peace Conferences attempted to harmonize the laws of war and limit the use of advanced weapons. The Rome Statute was created after World War II. After the ICC came into force, the statute was amended. The amended statute has not been fully implemented. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is a significant step in ensuring justice for victims.

UN General Assembly

The role of the UN General Assembly is crucial in shaping international law. As a global town hall, it can shape international opinion and influence governments. Resolutions can either crystalize international opinion or stigmatize nonconforming states. Whether or not a resolution will influence the future of a nation is not a simple question. The answer depends on the circumstances of the debate. Whether a resolution is influential depends on the politics of the state and its members.

The resolution highlights the importance of the rule of law in promoting development, stability, and peace among nations. It also emphasizes the role of international treaties in upholding the rule of law at the international level. Several delegations also stressed the need to improve the Rule of Law at the national and international levels. In addition to the General Assembly, the UN’s Economic and Social Council and Security Council should also be strengthened.

Access to justice was another key issue discussed in the General Assembly. Many delegations emphasized the importance of legal aid, as well as the need to ensure that every citizen has access to justice. They noted that access to justice is critical to promoting the rule of law on a national level. They stressed the importance of inclusive dialogue in advancing international law. So, it is not surprising that the general consensus on the role of international law in advancing the United Nations’ three pillars is overwhelmingly positive.

After a lengthy debate, the General Assembly will begin the process of discussing substantive items on its agenda. It will allocate these items to six Main Committees, which will discuss them and try to harmonize approaches among states. At the end of the process, the Assembly will present its recommendations to the plenary. The decision-making body is responsible for making decisions and enforcing international law. But the General Assembly has the power to make decisions on issues that affect the world.


The UNESCO and international law pact has been controversial for several reasons. The United States and Israel have both objected to the pact as protectionist and deeply flawed. Critics argue that the pact threatens freedom of expression and minority cultures. Instead, they suggest that UNESCO should use its good offices to promote free exchange of ideas. But is this really the way UNESCO and international law work?

The organization’s primary purpose is to promote educational and scientific programs and protect the natural environment and humanity’s common cultural heritage. The UNESCO helped protect the ancient monuments in Egypt from the Aswan High Dam and has sponsored the international agreement to establish the World Heritage List, which recognizes and preserves important natural and cultural sites worldwide. UNESCO is also committed to combating global warming and other environmental problems, including pollution and biodiversity loss.

While ICH does not provide legal protection for intangible cultural heritage, it has the potential to protect human rights. The Convention recognizes that ICH must be protected. Its most relevant provision focuses on states’ obligation to take measures to protect their cultural diversity. This article also makes clear that states should not discriminate against ICH because it may be an integral part of a person’s identity. By defining intangible cultural heritage under international law, UNESCO is demonstrating its commitment to human rights.

Other international organizations are equally important. UNESCO’s International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems is headed by Irish statesman Sean MacBride. The organization is striving to create a New World Information and Communication Order, which would treat communication as a basic human right. This would eliminate the gap in communication capabilities between developed and developing countries. However, it has some flaws. It has a long way to go before it achieves this goal.