Law Answer Writing Practice 2018 - Week 7 - Question 6

90 Days Law Answer Writing Practice Question 2 for 28-Dec-2018

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28-Dec-2018 - Question 2

Explain the distinctions between traditional and modern definitions of international law. Critically examine the growing scope and importance of international law in the present context. 2018 (10 Marks)

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The traditional definition of international law concerns about a state which is sovereign, i.e. it needs a territory, a population, a government, and the ability to engage in diplomatic or foreign relations. States or organisations other than this are not considered subjects of international law, because they lack the legal authority to engage in foreign relations. Also, individuals do not fall within the definition of subjects that enjoyed rights and obligations under international law.

Lately, there has been a change in the overall definition of International law, where it is more contemporary, expanding the traditional notions of international law to confer rights and obligations on intergovernmental international organizations and even on individuals.

The United Nations, for example, is an international organization that has the capacity to engage in treaty relations governed by and binding under international law with states and other international organizations. Individual responsibility under international law is particularly significant in the context of prosecuting war criminals and the development of international Human Rights.

Of late, the significance of International law has increased in use, due to the increase in global trade, armed conflict, environmental deterioration on a worldwide scale, awareness of human rights violations, rapid and vast increases in international transportation and a boom in global communications.

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