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

Part V The Implementation of International Responsibility, Ch.70 The International Community as a Whole

Anne-Laure Vaurs-Chaumette

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: 22 November 2019

Subject(s):
Responsibility of international organizations — Responsibility of states — Wrongful acts — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — State practice — Erga omnes obligations — Peremptory norms / ius cogens
In 1991 Manfred Lachs asserted that ‘it is difficult […] in our day to deny the existence of a “juridical international community”, imperfect and incomplete as it may be’. 1 The affirmation of peremptory norms, and of erga omnes obligations, the articulation of the concept of international crimes, now replaced with the concept of serious breaches of peremptory norms of general international law, are normative evolutions which have, little by little, contributed to the emergence of this abstract entity. But, if the phrase ‘international community’ is nowadays...
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