public international law


1) Crimes of robbery, kidnapping, and similar activities on the high seas. The trial and punishment of such pirates may be under international law, or under the laws of the particular nation where the pirate has been captured. 2) A colloquial term without legal significance often used to describe willful copyright, patent, and trademark infringement.



1)  A harmonious agreement, especially between countries. 

2)  An offer to substitute a different obligation for one that was previously owed, plus the acceptance of that offer.  Either of the parties involved can propose an accord.  If the newly substituted obligation is actually performed, the performance is called a satisfaction.  See Accord and satisfaction.

United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations.  It is composed of representatives of all 192 members of the UN.  The UNGA has as its functions the following:  

The website of the UNGA ( is an excellent online resource and provides links to many secondary sources concerning the UN system.

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United Nations Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC, or UN Security Council) is one of the five primary organs of the United Nations, responsible for maintaining international peace and security.  The UNSC resolutions are binding on all member states.  The UNSC was established on January 17, 1946 and includes the five permanent members (United States, Russian Federation [as a


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