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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Public Order

Frank Hoffmeister, Thomas Kleinlein

Foreign relations law — Sovereignty — Customary international law — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — Unilateral acts — Ordre public

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 While familiar to other areas of the law, the notion of public order is a relatively new concept under public international law . In order to understand the concept, it is important to have a look at its origins and development, distinguish it from related concepts, and analyse the relevant norm categories (see Sec B ). Indicators that help identifying the contents of an international public order (see Sec C ) and questions of international and domestic enforcement will then be dealt with (see Sec D ). A general assessment of the concept will be presented as a...
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