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Section 3 Self Assessment Question


According to the Statute of the ICJ what are the four sources of Public International Law?

Article 38

1. The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such disputes as are submitted to it, shall apply:

  • international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognised by the contesting states;
  • international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;
  • the general principles of law recognised by civilised nations;
  • subject to the provisions of Article 59, judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations, as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law.
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