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This chapter presents an overview of the book. The general principles of law that are the object of this book are the legal principles generally recognized in national law. The reason for this choice is that the application of this kind of legal principles by international courts and tribunals raises interesting and challenging questions. The determination of general principles of law at the level of national legal systems may consist of two separate moves, which is called the ?vertical move' and the ?horizontal move', respectively. The book examines the awards of early international arbitral tribunals, the judgments and advisory opinions of the PCIJ and the ICJ, and decisions of international criminal courts and tribunals. An overview of the awards of early international arbitral tribunals will lead to an understanding of the manner in which general principles of law began to be applied in international law.

Keywords: general principles of law; international criminal courts; tribunals



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