international law


Definition of international law

: a body of rules that control or affect the rights of nations in their relations with each other

Examples of international law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Constitutional Court judges, illegally fired en masse, are looking to international law. Anna-catherina Brigida, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2021 Extrajudicial killings are a war crime according to international law. Ibtissem Guenfoud, ABC News, 12 Aug. 2021 Questions have been raised in Israel, the United States and elsewhere about whether the Israeli military’s response to Hamas’s rocket attacks was proportionate and in adherence to international law. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Earlier this month, Putin met with Assad in Moscow and criticized the presence of Turkish and U.S. forces in northern Syria, calling their presence a flagrant violation of international law. Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2021 Its opinions can inform the development of international law. NBC News, 24 Sep. 2021 The group characterizes these arrests as hostage taking, and stresses the military's actions are in violation of international law. Paula Hancocks And Salai Tz, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 In violation of international law, China has claimed ownership over almost the entire South China Sea, and has begun fortifying local island chains to defend its claims. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2021 While legal systems vary in content or interpretation, a company theoretically is bound by both laws of its home country and the host country and the growing body of international law. Kang-chun Cheng, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of international law

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of international law was in 1789

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“International law.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Legal Definition of international law

: a body of laws, rules, or legal principles that are based on custom, treaties, or legislation and that control or affect the rights and duties of nations in relation to each other — compare internal law

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