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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Fragmentation of International Law

Joost Pauwelyn

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 December 2020

Customary international law — Lex specialis — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The phenomenon of fragmentation of international law derives from the diversity of international law both in substance and procedure. As a Study Group of the International Law Commission (ILC) (‘ILC Study Group’; United Nations [UN]; International Law Commission [ILC]) recently noted: ‘This is the background to the concern about fragmentation of international law: the rise of specialized rules and rule-systems that have no clear relationship to each other. Answers to legal questions become dependent on whom you ask, what rule system is your focus on’ (Report of...
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