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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas

Jutta Brunnée

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 December 2021

Subject(s):
International co-operation — Responsibility of states — Equitable principles — Natural resources

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 In the context of inter-State relations, the maxim sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas (use your own property in such a manner as not to injure that of another) stands for the proposition that one State’s sovereign right to use its territory is circumscribed by an obligation not to cause injury to, or within, another State’s territory.2 The maxim is generally said to have its origins in Roman law, although this account has been challenged by commentators who argue that the phrase as such cannot actually be so traced. Similarly, while the notion is commonly said...
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