Is International Law, true law?

  1. Alana Warren profile image61
    Alana Warrenposted 6 years ago

    Is International Law, true law?

    If law cannot be enoforced, can it not be true law? In relation to laws being enforced on an International scale this often problamatic. Does this not then effect the Integrity and strength of the law itself, rendering it obsolete.

  2. Niket Chaurasia profile image60
    Niket Chaurasiaposted 6 years ago

    You are right Alana, I also see very few takers of international laws. The big question is - what is the solution if some problematic country or countries refuse to obey them? War? I don't think war is a solution either.

    People use pressure tactics by alienating such countries and asking others also to alienate them and cut their vital supplies, as they are doing it now with Iran to stop it from their nuclear endeavor.

    Whether this is right or not is an another point of discussion.

  3. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image84
    Naveed Ahmed 624posted 3 years ago

    International Law has itself helpless as many a times it seems that it is not enforceable. The International Court of Justice, that should be a truly empowered international judiciary is however not anywhere near to its expected role. Even the decisions of ICJ are not binding upon the member states. They can implement its decisions in their own good faith.

    To implement its verdicts, the United Nations can sometimes use force through the approval / sanction of UN Security Council but that too is a difficult task when it comes to vested interests of the veto powers. This is because to decide on any substantive (major) matter, all the five veto powers should cast their vote in favor of it. Apart from these five permanent members, 9 out of 15 temporary UN Security Council Members also must vote in favor of that matter. So getting such a majority often seems difficult even in the most devastating matters where mankind and human rights are being severely violated. For example, the matter of Kashmir dispute remains unsolved due to the differences in interests of the UN Security Council Members.

    Therefore the only feasible way left to enforce the International Law is by enforcing economic sanctions. This too also needs the support of the world-wide community to succeed. Otherwise the Executive and the Judiciary in International Law are powerless.


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