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Patrick Thornberry

, transnational corporations, etc., presently participate in international law, as do indigenous peoples and minority groups. This flexibility is reflected only to a limited extent in current articulations of sources of international law.6 The entities do not all participate in the same way: State rights are not the same as for 1 After N. Bobbio, The Age of Rights (Cambridge, Polity Press, 1996). Article 4.1 of the UN Charter. 3 In a vast literature, one of the best general accounts remains that by A. Cassese, Self-Determination of Peoples: A Legal Reappraisal (Cambridge

in Indigenous peoples and human rights
Michael Byers

have stressed and stretched two distinct but related areas of international law: the right of self-defence, and the rules of international humanitarian law. I conclude by arguing that even a disproportionately powerful state is constrained, in its ability to change international law, by the actions of other countries and public opinion – both at home and abroad. There are two principal sources of international law. ‘Customary international law’ is an informal, unwritten body of rules deriving from a combination of ‘state practice’ and opinio juris . State

in ‘War on terror’
Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

during his lifetime, and translated into French and English. 68 Fiore, whose work anticipated the international law of human rights, 69 was of the view that the ultimate source of international law was the juridical conscience of European peoples. 70 Human society was ‘universal’ but only fully civilized states could be members of what he called the Magna civitas , the juridical community. He had doubts whether civilization could extend uniformly to all parts of the

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century