- General principles of international law — Sources of international law — Soft law
This chapter takes a new approach to the much-analysed relationship between domestic and international law. It considers how global changes in domestic constitutional structures have changed the sources of international law. It argues that domestic constitutional structures have changed in similar ways in many countries around the world over the past century. Treaties, custom, and ‘soft law’ as sources of international law have each been shaped by these changes, particularly the rise in legislative power for treaties, the rise in legislative and judicial power for custom and general principles, and the rise of the administrative state for soft law. This chapter also considers how the content of each source of international law is influenced by domestic constitutional structures. It concludes with some normative perspectives on the relationship between each source of international law and changes in domestic constitutional structures.
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