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  • International law. What is it?

  • Well, perhaps it's best to start with what it's not.

  • It's not a single, official big book of laws, and it's not enforced by an international police.

  • And cases are not heard by a single court.

  • No, it's a little more complicated than this.

  • Instead, it's a set of agreements and customs that most countries followmost of the time.

  • These agreements cover the rights and duties of states about things like war, human rights, trade and diplomacy.

  • They can be treaties: written agreements that countries sign like a contract.

  • Or they can be what law calls 'customs': these are principles and ideas that many already follow.

  • These agreements only apply to countriesnot companies or individuals.

  • And this can get complicated because some corporations are bigger than countries.

  • All this means international law has to keep evolving to fit our changing world.

International law. What is it?

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