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The Rule of Law in International Affairs

Brian Simpson

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Rule of Law in International Affairs

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This lecture discusses the influence of international law on the conduct of states. It focuses on two specific and very fully documented incidents that took place during the Second World War, and which provoked strong protests from the Norwegian government. The lecture attempts to identify the severe problems that are involved in establishing the relationship between international law and state action. It concludes by identifying an area of legal theory that has been neglected by scholars: the nature of legal justification in international affairs.

Keywords: international law; conduct of states; Second World War; problems; state action; legal theory; legal justification; international affairs

Chapter.  25393 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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