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  •  I'm unsympathetic to all international law claims (1+ / 0-)
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    I think it's a racket more than a guarantor of anything.

    Let us resolutely study and implement the resolutions of the 46th Convention of the Democratic Party!

    by Rich in PA on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 06:28:01 AM PDT

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    •  Meh. (4+ / 0-)
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      Eiron, Terra Mystica, Ptah the Great, FG

      A common sentiment. It doesn't mean it's true, though. Statistically, international law is followed in most cases; violations are rare, but, since they are very impressive, they give the impression of chaos.

      And international law is most certainly not a racked. If you look at the actual rules - say, of the Vienna Convention on Treaties, or the rules of diplomatic and consular law, or those of the Law of the Sea, you realise that they were formed as a response to singluarly nasty conduct prior to their introduction (killing emissaries or blackmailing them, abusing treaty interpretations in quite absurd ways, and constant territorial disputes, to name a few).

      Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

      by Dauphin on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 06:32:06 AM PDT

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      •  I never understood the idea that states... (0+ / 0-)

        ...are inherently corrupt and the product of domination within individual societies, but that the international system of states supported by international law is a thing of beauty. I think it's just an instrument of domination on the world level.

        Let us resolutely study and implement the resolutions of the 46th Convention of the Democratic Party!

        by Rich in PA on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 07:37:30 AM PDT

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        •  Of what over whom? (1+ / 0-)
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          The vast majority of rules do not clearly favour a state or a bloc of states. And the system of international law is not a thing of beauty. It is simply a system which allows states to cohabit most of the time without excessive conflict and recently has managed to forward the cause of human rights.

          Is it necessary? Yes. Useful? Yes. Beautiful? In the eye of the beholder, I guess. Perfect? Certainly not.

          Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

          by Dauphin on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 07:41:42 AM PDT

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