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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

States, Sovereign Equality

Juliane Kokott, Lauri Mälksoo

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 May 2023

Sovereignty — Customary international law — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — States, equality — States, independence

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

Editor’s Note: The original version of this entry, which was written by Juliane Kokott in April 2011 and was published in the 2012 print edition of the Encyclopedia (R Wolfrum (ed) The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP Oxford 2012) vol IX, 571–85), was updated by Lauri Mälksoo in March 2023. 1 Sovereign equality is a fundamental axiomatic premise of the international legal order. It is the source of other very important principles such as the ban on the use of force and the prohibition of intervention (see also Use of Force, Prohibition of;...
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