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Bilateral investment treaties (or, BITs) are international agreements establishing the terms and conditions for private investment by nationals and companies of one state in another state.

The first generation of these treaties were Friendship,...

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Customary international law is one component of international law. Customary international law refers to international obligations arising from established international practices, as opposed to obligations arising from formal written...

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Note: This article addresses the international humanitarian law, or law of war. For information on immigration and links to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, see the article about Immigration.

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Genocide is one of the greatest crimes under international law, often called the "crime of crimes" after the Nuremburg Trials. According to Article 2 of the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide...

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International conventions are treaties or agreements between countries. "International convention" is often used interchangeably with terms like "international treaty," "international agreement," "compact," or "contract between states."

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is one of the constituent organs of the United Nations system. According to Article 92 of the UN Charter, all UN members are automatically state parties to the Statute of the ICJ.

List of Decided Cases...

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International humanitarian law (law of war) is a field of international law regulating armed conflict between states, and more recently, between states and informal groups and individuals. See Jean Pictet, Development and Principles of International...

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A clause frequently included in bilateral investment treaties ("BITs") which provides that a host state shall treat all of its trading partners equally. Under such a clause, if the host state lowers a tariff for one trading partner, it must...

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Opinio juris is a shortened form of the Latin phrase opinio juris sive necessitatis, which means "an opinion of law or necessity."

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In customary international law, opinio juris is the second element necessary to establish a...

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In international law, recognition is the process of formally acknowledging the legal existence of a state or government. See Christopher Joyner, International Law in the 21st Century 47 (2005).

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Statehood (international law)

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