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Part III The Sources of International Responsibility, Ch.17 The Elements of An Internationally Wrongful Act

Brigitte Stern

From: The Law of International Responsibility

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

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 May 2024

Wrongful acts — Reparations — Damages — Responsibility of states — Ultra Vires conduct — Customary international law — State practice — Sovereignty — Lex specialis — Countermeasures
The present Chapter concentrates on the elements of an internationally wrongful act, which will be examined comprehensively: first, the role played by the notion of the internationally wrongful act in the theory of international responsibility will be considered (Section 1), before examining the relationship between its constitutive elements (Section 2). Finally, its two constitutive elements—attribution to a State (Section 3) and breach of an international obligation (Section 4)—will be addressed in detail. It is well known that traditionally international...
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