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Treaties Conflicting With Peremptory Norms Of International Law And The Zurich-London ‘Agreements’

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The purpose of this chapter is to consider the question whether international law recognises the existence within its legal order of rules having the character of jus cogens. The chapter illustrates the problem by applying the findings of such inquiry in order to test the validity of the Zurich-London 'Agreements' of February 1959, and of the resultant "Treaties" signed at Nicosia on 16th August, 1960. While the emphasis is placed upon the consideration of the validity of these 'Agreements' in the light of the present rules of general international law regarding jus cogens, the chapter also presents a complete picture of the legal situation regarding these instruments, to sketch the factual background of these 'Agreements' and to touch very briefly upon certain other aspects of the law of treaties, as well as of United Nations law, which are of direct relevance to the issue.

Keywords: International Law Commission; International Law fall; Zurich-London 'agreements'

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