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9 Accountability and Liability: The Law of State Responsibility

From: Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It

Rosalyn Higgins

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 November 2022

Subject(s):
Responsibility of states — Reparations — Ultra Vires conduct — Diplomatic relations — Diplomatic missions — International minimum standard — Wrongful acts — Individual criminal responsibility — Erga omnes obligations
Just as it is important to understand how international law allocates competences among states, so it is important to understand how it determines the international responsibility of states. The law of jurisdiction is about entitlements to act, the law of state responsibility is about obligations incurred when a state does act. In the law of jurisdiction there are some areas of certainty and some more problematic aspects. In the law of state responsibility one might be forgiven for thinking that there is almost nothing that is certain. But it is traditionally...
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