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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.31 The Character of the Breach

Paola Gaeta

From: The Law of International Responsibility

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

Wrongful acts — Responsibility of states — International peace and security — Use of force, threat — Aggression — Armed attack — Peremptory norms / ius cogens
In 2001, when the ILC adopted the final text of the Articles on State Responsibility, it upheld the view that there exists a class of international rules that—if breached—give rise to consequences additional to those of ‘ordinary’ wrongful acts. In so doing it departed in many, but not all, respects from the notion of international crimes, as put forward by the then Special Rapporteur Roberto Ago and as embodied in former article 19 of the Draft Articles, provisionally adopted in 1976. One of the features of this controversial notion that the ILC decided to retain...
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