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The Law of International Responsibility edited by Crawford, James; Pellet, Alain; Olleson, Simon; Parlett, Kate

Part III The Sources of International Responsibility, Ch.33.4 Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness in the ILC Articles on State Responsibility: Countermeasures

Hubert Lesaffre

From: The Law of International Responsibility

Edited By: James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, Kate Parlett

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 December 2019

A subject pursues by its own means, without the intervention of an external authority, the protection or performance of what it considers to be its right: this is what private justice consists of.1 Countermeasures form part of the framework of this ‘private justice’, as a peaceful means of inducing a State to comply with its obligations, in contrast to retaliation by force, which is moreover prohibited. Countermeasures are measures adopted by a State in response to a wrongful act committed by another State. As we will see, it is necessary to refine this definition...
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