exhaustion of local remedies

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The rule of customary international law that when an alien has been wronged, all municipal remedies available to the injured party in the host country must have been pursued before the alien appeals to his own government to intervene on his behalf. This is a customary precondition to any espousal of claim by a state on behalf of a national based upon foreign soil. Case: Interhandel Case (Switzerland v US) [1959] ICJ Rep 6.

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