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Russian Approaches to International Law

Alexander Merezhko

in International Law

ISBN: 9780199796953
Published online March 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199796953-0043
Russian Approaches to International Law

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Contemporary Russian doctrine of international law has grown out of the Soviet school of international law. In this respect it would be correct to say that the contemporary Russian doctrine of international law continues the basic traditions of the Soviet school, and for this reason, works on international law published in the Soviet era still have importance and are often referred to in the works of contemporary Russian authors. In the Soviet school, pursuant to a positivistic approach, the emphasis was on the will of states as a determining factor in the process of creating international legal norms. Nowadays, in Russian doctrine, international law is defined as a system of legal norms (rules) and principles regulating relations between subjects of international law, first of all between states and international intergovernmental organizations. In Russian literature the subject is more often called “international law,” and only rarely is the term “public international law” used. Regarding the word “international,” it is mostly understood as meaning “interstate,” thereby highlighting that states are the primary and most important subjects of international law.

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Subjects: International Law ; International Courts and Tribunals ; Private International Law and Conflict of Laws ; Public International Law

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