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The Law of International Responsibility edited by Crawford, James; Pellet, Alain; Olleson, Simon; Parlett (Assistant), Kate (20th May 2010)

Part I Introduction—Responsibility and International Law, Ch.1 The Definition of Responsibility in International Law

Alain Pellet

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett (Assistant)

Subject(s):
Responsibility of international organizations — Responsibility of individuals — Responsibility of states — Reparations — Sovereignty — Immunity from jurisdiction, ratione materiae
As Paul Reuter remarked, ‘responsibility is at the heart of international law … it constitutes an essential part of what may be considered the Constitution of the international community’. 1 Responsibility interacts with the notion of sovereignty, and affects its definition, while, reciprocally, the omnipresence of sovereignty in international relations inevitably influences the conception of international responsibility. At the same time, responsibility has profoundly evolved together with international law itself: responsibility is the corollary of international...
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