Peremptory norms of international law—jus cogens—incorporate the fundamental values of the international community. A peremptory norm of general international law is a mandatory norm, one from which no derogation is permitted. They have two main functions: on the one hand, the protection of interests that are superior to the States’ individual interests—the interests of the international community and the international order; on the other hand, the protection of the State against its own weaknesses or against the power of some of its partners, in particular within...
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