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States as Subjects of International Law and the Expansion of International Legal Personality

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This chapter focuses on the expansion of international legal personality, rather than to review classic doctrine on the matter. This means to review new developments on the matter, with the advent of international organizations and of the human person, individually or in groups, and of humankind as a whole, also as subjects of the law of nations. It means to concentrate attention, as from the personality of States, on the expansion of international legal personality in the current process of humanization of International Law. The preconditions for statehood in International Law are those of an objective International Law, irrespective of the "will" of individual States. States began to address new domains of human activity, and new concepts emerged in the expanded regulation by International Law of such domains. International Law as purely inter-State has led to abuse of power by those who held it.

Keywords:domestic jurisdiction; international law; international legal personality; statehood



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