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jus cogens

noun jus co·gens \ -ˈkä-gənz, -ˈkō-gens \

legal Definition of jus cogens

:a principle of international law that is based on values taken to be fundamental to the international community and that cannot be set aside (as by treaty)
  • it is doubtful that any state has ever violated jus cogens norms on a scale rivaling that of the Third Reich
  • Princz v. Federal Republic of Germany, 26 F.3d 1166 (1994)
  • genocide and slave trade are violations of jus cogens

Origin and Etymology of jus cogens

New Latin, literally, constraining law


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