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The Requisite Rigour in the Identification of Customary International Law

  • Over the last few decades, the methodology for the identification of customary international law (CIL) has been changing. Both elements of CIL – practice and opinio juris – have assumed novel and broader forms, as noted in the Reports of the Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). This paper discusses these Reports and the draft conclusions, and reaction by States in the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), highlighting the areas of consensus and contestation. This ties to the analysis of the main doctrinal positions, with special attention being given to the two elements of CIL, and the role of the UNGA resolutions. The underlying motivation is to assess the real or perceived crisis of CIL, and the author develops the broader argument maintaining that in order to retain unity within international law, the internal limits of CIL must be carefully asserted.

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Author:Noora ArajärviORCiD
Parent Title (English):KFG Working Paper Series
Subtitle (English):A Look at the Reports of the Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission
Series (Serial Number):KFG Working Paper Series (6)
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of first Publication:2018/03/12
Year of Completion:2018
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2018/12/04
Tag:International Law Commission; Special Rapporteur; United Nations; customary international law; international law; opinio juris; state practice
Source:First publication of the paper: DOI; International Community Law Review 19 (2017) 1 DOI 10.1163/18719732-12341346
Organizational units:Extern / Berlin Potsdam Research Group "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?"
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Peer Review:Nicht referiert
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht