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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Public Order

Frank Hoffmeister, Thomas Kleinlein

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 May 2024

Subject(s):
Foreign relations law — Sovereignty — Customary international law — Ordre public — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — Unilateral acts

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). 

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 Section B). Indicators that help identifying the contents of an international public order (see Section C) and questions of international and domestic enforcement will then be dealt with (see Section D). A general assessment of the concept will be...
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