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

Part III The Sources of International Responsibility, Ch.24 Actions and Omissions

Franck Latty

From: The Law of International Responsibility

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

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 December 2018

Subject(s):
Wrongful acts — Ultra Vires conduct
‘ Qui peut et n’empesche, pesche ’ (Loysel 1 ) He who can but does not prevent, sins. This adage of pre-revolutionary French law has its equivalent, mutatis mutandis , in all systems of law. Even if, as a matter of international law there is no requirement of fault in order to engage international responsibility, the violation by an international legal person of one or more of its obligations may arise just as easily from passivity as from a positive course of action: international legal persons are responsible both for their actions and their omissions insofar as...
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