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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Community Interest

Isabel Feichtner

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 December 2021

Sovereignty — Erga omnes obligations — Codification — Customary international law — Climate change — Sustainable development — Cultural property / heritage — Biodiversity — Treaties, invalidity, termination, suspension, withdrawal — Treaties, interpretation — Effectiveness, principle of — Collective security — International peace and security

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 References to community interests are frequent in public international law and scholarly writings, and sometimes the term is used interchangeably with the terms common interests, collective interests, common concerns or common values. These terms are however seldom defined, and they often carry diverse meanings.2 Mostly, the term is used in order to refer to interests protected by international law binding either all or only a group of States which go beyond the delimitation of sovereign spheres of influence, the reconciliation of opposed national interests or...
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