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Peremptory Norms in International Law

Alexander Orakhelashvili


This monograph analyses the questions raised by the legal effects of peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens), reflected in Article 53 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. A comprehensive study of this problem has been lacking so far in international legal doctrine. Peremptory norms, although often criticised and even more often approached with sceptical nihilism, nevertheless attract growing doctrinal and practical attention, and have increasing importance in determining the permissible limits on the action of State and non-State actors in different areas. In view o ... More

Keywords: peremptory norms, jus cogens, hierarchy of norms in international law, international organizations, sources of law, state responsibility, international dispute settlement, law of treaties

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546114
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Orakhelashvili, author
Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford
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PART I The Concept and Identification of Peremptory Norms

PART II The Effect of Peremptory Norms in General International Law

PART IV Peremptory Norms and the Powers of International Tribunals

PART V The Effect of Peremptory Norms in National Legal Systems