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Wednesday, Feb. 4

Customary International Law


Asylum Case
Lotus case
The Texaco/Libya Arbitration
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Midterm, March 2 - EKLC E1B20

Wednesday, March 4 ± Guest Speaker ±


Adjunct Professor David Akerson

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CUSTOMARY INTL LAW



     
  
  
  

     
  
   
  
    

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Customary intl law ± DEFINITION - state practice + opinio juris

I. State practice ± Objective element

1) Duration -

2) Uniformity, consistency of the practice -

3) Generality of practice ± universality is not required

II. Opinio juris ± Subjective element


= ³accepted by states´ Art.38(1)(b)± µdoing the practice out of a sense of legal obligation ± as opposed to
motives of courtesy, morality or fairness

The problem is one of proof.

(sometimes the court infers opinion juris)

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CIL - may be adjusted through treaties UNLESS ±


ý  ± peremptory norms ± states cannot opt out

Different types of custom regional or general custom


Evidence of customary intl law

     



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Decision: The Capture of Paquete Habana


was unlawful ± decree by District Court ±
ordered reversed.
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Customary intl law     fishing


vessels are exempt from capture 

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