Bianca Karim and Tirza Theunissen

in International Law and Domestic Legal Systems

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694907
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731914 | DOI:

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The status of international law within the domestic legal order, in the absence of clear national incorporating legislation, remains weak in Bangladesh. Until recently, very few treaties that have been ratified have been placed at the Parliament for codification into domestic law. Despite recommendations of various international treaty bodies as well as decisions of the Supreme Court flagging this issue, the government so far has not taken any action to implement these recommendations and decisions. Until such action is taken, courts in Bangladesh in effect remain barred from relying on international law and only may invoke it as an aid to interpretation when there is no domestic law on the issue or when the domestic law is unclear.

Keywords: Bangladeshi law; customary international law; human rights law; dualistic common law; international treaties; domestic law

Chapter.  8735 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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