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National v International Law And does international law really exist anyway? Slide 2 The Law It is one of the great expressions of sovereignty It is one of the great expressions of sovereignty It expresses the power and authority of the state against anti-social behavior It expresses the power and authority of the state against anti-social behavior Law embodies the values of the people of that country that, in turn, determine what is right and wrong. Law embodies the values of the people of that country that, in turn, determine what is right and wrong. We have tried to establish certain Basic Human Rights globally too. We have tried to establish certain Basic Human Rights globally too. Slide 3 The Law is Binding Everyone is a citizen of someplace, and they are bound by the laws of their country, or whatever country they are in at the timeyou dont question the legitimacy of the law. Everyone is a citizen of someplace, and they are bound by the laws of their country, or whatever country they are in at the timeyou dont question the legitimacy of the law. So, if you commit a crime against the laws of a country, you may fairly expect to be punished for that act. The state has real enforceable sanctions So, if you commit a crime against the laws of a country, you may fairly expect to be punished for that act. The state has real enforceable sanctions Slide 4 So this is how it is. So, in brief, the law represents the rules of that society (state) and sanctions are reserved for those who willfully disregard that law. We all understand that. So, in brief, the law represents the rules of that society (state) and sanctions are reserved for those who willfully disregard that law. We all understand that. The laws are made by the people of that country and so, in theory, express the values of that society. The peoples representatives are called Legislators The laws are made by the people of that country and so, in theory, express the values of that society. The peoples representatives are called Legislators Slide 5 Where do the rules come from, internationally speaking? They come from several places. First, sometimes states consistently follow certain general practices out of a sense of legal obligation (customary law). Second, the rules may come from international agreements (conventional law). And third, general principles that are common to the national laws of many states usually contribute to international law. They come from several places. First, sometimes states consistently follow certain general practices out of a sense of legal obligation (customary law). Second, the rules may come from international agreements (conventional law). And third, general principles that are common to the national laws of many states usually contribute to international law. Slide 6 What Happens Above This Level We are all bound by the laws of our country or the country we are in. We are all bound by the laws of our country or the country we are in. But above that, the players are not individuals, but States. But above that, the players are not individuals, but States. There is, for instance, no World Governmentso there is no body with the power of sanction above the state. There is, for instance, no World Governmentso there is no body with the power of sanction above the state. The European Union is, as usual, an indefinable exception The European Union is, as usual, an indefinable exception Slide 7 What is International Law? International law consists of rules and principles, which govern the relations and dealings of nations with each other. It can only work if the nation-states, which make up the system, accept and abide by those rules. International law consists of rules and principles, which govern the relations and dealings of nations with each other. It can only work if the nation-states, which make up the system, accept and abide by those rules. Slide 8 The Buck Stopswhere? The Actors There is no institution, if you are a US citizen, above the level of the Federal Government and the Supreme Court that has any real jurisdiction over you. There is no institution, if you are a US citizen, above the level of the Federal Government and the Supreme Court that has any real jurisdiction over you. States, however, can agree to be bound by the terms of a Treaty or Protocolbut, notice, they agree; it is voluntary. States, however, can agree to be bound by the terms of a Treaty or Protocolbut, notice, they agree; it is voluntary. Who will enforce it if they disregard the agreement later? Who will enforce it if they disregard the agreement later? Slide 9 Why have International Law? International law provides an alternative to the use of force in settling disputes by relying on compromise, cooperation, mutual legal obligations, and common ends. In todays world of increasingly interdependent nations and economies, the resolution of conflicts without violence is more essential than ever. International law provides an alternative to the use of force in settling disputes by relying on compromise, cooperation, mutual legal obligations, and common ends. In todays world of increasingly interdependent nations and economies, the resolution of conflicts without violence is more essential than ever. Slide 10 Treaties (Instruments) A state does not give up any sovereignty in signing a Treaty. It lends its name to an agreed course of action. A state does not give up any sovereignty in signing a Treaty. It lends its name to an agreed course of action. The big difference then, is not just the players, but the sanctions. The big difference then, is not just the players, but the sanctions. How do you arrest a state and send it to jail? Is Iraq that? How do you arrest a state and send it to jail? Is Iraq that? Slide 11 Is it enforceable? Yes, there are several mechanisms by which international law can be enforced. One way is through the use of international pressure short of the use of force, such as economic pressure. Another is prompted by a nations wish to maintain a favorable public (national as well as international) image. This is particularly integral to the enforcement of human rights law. Also, nations must realize that in order for international law to function, each nation-state must assume responsibility for its enforcement. One of the ways in which they can do this is by supporting and participating in international bodies, such as the United Nations Yes, there are several mechanisms by which international law can be enforced. One way is through the use of international pressure short of the use of force, such as economic pressure. Another is prompted by a nations wish to maintain a favorable public (national as well as international) image. This is particularly integral to the enforcement of human rights law. Also, nations must realize that in order for international law to function, each nation-state must assume responsibility for its enforcement. One of the ways in which they can do this is by supporting and participating in international bodies, such as the United Nations Slide 12 Are There Institutions? Yes, we have the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Yes, we have the International Court of Justice in the Hague. However, the US wanted nothing the do with the International Criminal Court. Why? However, the US wanted nothing the do with the International Criminal Court. Why? Because it is taking international law to the level, not of the state, but of the individual, which would be threatening the Constitutional rights of an American Because it is taking international law to the level, not of the state, but of the individual, which would be threatening the Constitutional rights of an American Slide 13 Where is the UN in all of this? The United Nations is an international organization (one created by international agreement and/or has membership consisting primarily of nations) that was formed in 1954. Today it has 191 Member States. Its declared purposes are to maintain peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems, and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of the nations and attaining their common ends. The UN Charter specifically calls on it to undertake the progressive codification and development of international law. The United Nations is an international organization (one created by international agreement and/or has membership consisting primarily of nations) that was formed in 1954. Today it has 191 Member States. Its declared purposes are to maintain peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems, and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of the nations and attaining their common ends. The UN Charter specifically calls on it to undertake the progressive codification and development of international law. Slide 14 What is the International Criminal Court? The ICC was established by the Rome Statute in 1998 and officially came into force on July 1, 2002. It is the first ever permanent, treaty- based, international judicial body capable of investigating and trying individuals accused of the most serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Like preceding ad hoc international criminal tribunals, the ICC is based on the idea that individuals can and should be held criminally accountable for the actions of states. The ICC was established by the Rome Statute in 1998 and officially came into force on July 1, 2002. It is the first ever permanent, treaty- based, international judicial body capable of investigating and trying individuals accused of the most serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Like preceding ad hoc international crimin

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