international law


Definition of international law

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

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The committee said the Colombian high court’s refusal to grant Mr. Arias an appeal violates international law. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "A Cynical Trade With Colombia," 18 Nov. 2018 The fuss over the address on the lawsuit’s envelope has to do with longstanding international law. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Justice Department is fighting US terrorist attack victims in the Supreme Court," 8 Nov. 2018 Rahim warned that technological advances are outpacing international law. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Experts assemble for UN-hosted meeting on ‘killer robots’," 28 Aug. 2018 Many saw Australia as undermining its lecturing of China to abide by international law on Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Edith M. Lederer And Rob Mcguirk, The Christian Science Monitor, "Australia and East Timor reach historic international agreement," 7 Mar. 2018 Abroad Yale summer sessions in Rabat, Morocco (intensive Arabic), and Paris (international law), $12,152 each. The Editors, Town & Country, "How Much It Really Costs to Send Your Kid to an Elite College," 28 June 2017 Saudi Arabian authorities say that this makes the project perfectly legal under international law. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Canal Would Turn Qatar into an Island," 17 Sep. 2018 While the underpinnings of the right to asylum are a matter of international law, that isn’t the Trump administration’s biggest legal obstacle. Dara Lind, Vox, "The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained," 12 Nov. 2018 For years the group has disproportionately focused its criticism on Israel, accusing it of war crimes and other violations of international law. Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, "The Palestinians’ Worst Enemy Is Their Own Leaders," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of international law

1789, in the meaning defined above

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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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