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States As Subjects Of International Law And The Expansion Of International Legal Personality

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The domain of the subjects of International Law, which in the past was largely devoted sometimes exclusively to States, has lately been much enriched with the acknowledgement of international organizations and individuals as also subjects of the law of nations. The topic of rights and duties of States has ever since been a recurrent one, revived from time to time in relation to specific domains of International Law. The expansion of International Law, soon acknowledged in expert writing, occurred at first at normative level, thus considerably enlarging its scope of application. In the framework of multilateralism, however, States gradually realized that the objection of domestic jurisdiction was self-defeating, and should be avoided, for the sake of the growth of International Law itself. Traditional International Law as purely interstate has led to abuse of power by those who held it.

Keywords: domestic jurisdiction; International Law



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