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Legal rules relating to states and/or intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) are the discipline of jus gentium - also referred to as public international law. This chapter gives an outline of the relevant concepts and rules in jus gentium; these include: sovereignty, erga omnes obligations, jus cogens, and enforceability of norms. It must be noted that the U.N. Charter is based on the principle that all states are equal and sovereign. In reality, all states are, however, not equal in terms of power, and countries' actions can often be understood better by looking at their power in the world community. Additionally, international environmental law and the laws of the WTO are to be understood as branches or sub-systems of public international law. Thus, neither international environmental law nor the laws of the WTO system can be said to be a self-contained regime or a closed legal circuit.

Keywords: erga omnes obligations; intergovernmental organizations (IGOs); jus cogens; jus gentium; public international law; sovereignty; WTO



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