Decisions of International Institutions as source of International Law

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The decisions and determination of the organs of International institutions such as the General Assembly, Security Council, the International Court of Justice etc. of the United Nations Organization and other such major international organs can become a source of International Law. The organs frame rules and regulations that are binding on all member countries and hence will have international acceptance.

  • They are not necessarily binding but have normative value.

Examples:

  • General Assembly resolutions such as the resolution regarding Deep Sea-bed, Ocean floor and subsoil, the decision to impose economic sanctions and to use force on Iraq who invaded Kuwait etc.
  • Security Council's decision to impose economic sanctions on South Africa for apartheid.

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Law

  • Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, ICJ Reports (1996), p. 70: A series of resolutions may show the gradual evolution of the Opinio juris required for the establishment of a new rule.

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