The rules consistently obeyed
"Redress, amnesty, and transitional justice"
in International law in Europe, 700–1200
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The extent to which the international legal rules may have been consistently obeyed is the most difficult part to assess, both in the medieval period and in the contemporary world, and it is a notion that goes right to the heart of the question about effectiveness or enforcement. This chapter argues that the effectiveness or enforcement of international law in the medieval period can be best seen through an exploration of the use of compensation, sanctions and mechanisms of transitional justice (e.g., international shaming) in treaties, their link to domestic laws and institutions, and how they functioned in different situations. By perceiving of enforcement as something exercised through and linked to cultural values, e.g., honour, loyalty, masculinity, it is possible to point to certain enforcement procedures in the medieval period.


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