The sources of international law
in International law in Europe, 700–1200
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"In the modern period, treaties are not only one of the main sources of international law but also the only way in which states can consciously create international law. Medieval treaties have not previously been considered in this particular way and this chapter aims to do this. It explores a full range of different treaties from medieval Europe, drawing out similarities and dissimilarities in purpose, form, and terminology, while at the same time considering issues of provenance and categorisation. The chapter further explores the extent to which medieval treaties were intended to be legally binding in the sense of creating rights and duties that were enforceable.

In short, this chapter considers treaties as a corpus of primary sources, drawing out the problems and possibilities of this for international law, and explores the extent to which some treaties can be described as contracts and others as law-making."

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