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International Law

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             International law is the body of legal rules that apply .
             between sovereign states and such other entities as have been granted .
             international personality (status acknowledged by the international .
             community). The rules of international law are of a normative .
             character, that is, they prescribe towards conduct, and are .
             potentially designed for authoritative interpretation by an .
             international judicial authority and by being capable of enforcement .
             by the application of external sanctions. The International Court of .
             Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, which .
             succeeded the Permanent Court of International Justice after World .
             War II. Article 92 of the charter of the United Nations states: .
             The International Court of justice shall be the principal .
             judicial organ of the United nations. It shall function in accordance .
             with the annexed Statute, which is based upon the Statute of the .
             Permanent court of International Justice and forms an integral part of .
             the present Charter. .
             The commands of international law must be those that the .
             states impose upon themselves, as states must give consent to the .
             commands that they will follow. It is a direct expression of raison .
             d'etat, the "interests of the state", and aims to serve the state, as .
             well as protect the state by giving its rights and duties. This is .
             done through treaties and other consensual engagements which are .
             legally binding. .
             The case-law of the ICJ is an important aspect of the UN's .
             contribution to the development of international law. It's judgements .
             and advisory opinions permeates into the international legal community .
             not only through its decisions as such but through the wider .
             implications of its methodology and reasoning. .
             The successful resolution of the border dispute between .
             Burkina Faso and Mali in the 1986 Frontier Dispute case illustrates .
             the utility of judicial decision as a means of settlement in .

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