The Concept of International Obligations Erga Omnes: Concept Of Intl Obligations

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byMaurizio Ragazzi

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This is the first monograph on the concept of obligations erga omnes, an increasingly important notion in contemporary international law since its appearance in the International Court's judgment in the Barcelona Traction case. In 1970, The International Court of Justice identified a separatecategory of international obligations, which rather than being owed to a specific State on a bilateral basis, are owed to the international community as a whole, with all States having an interest in their protection and their being binding on all States irrespective of consent. Examples of suchobligations given by the International Court are those prohibiting aggression and genocide, and those protecting from slavery and racial discrimination, in other words obligations erga omnes are those protecting and promoting basic values and common interests of states. This book is the first to examine the very concept of the obligations, rather than the corresponding rights of protection of obligations erga omnes. Ragazzi adopts a pragmatic method of legal analysis that identifies five common elements among the examples of obligations erga omnes given by theInternational Court. These five common elements are then discussed in relation to other candidates of obligations erga omnes which have emerged in State practice and international literature. Ragazzi's approach is extremely thorough and includes extensive bibliographical references in variouslanguages.

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This is the first monograph on the concept of obligations erga omnes, an increasingly important notion in contemporary international law since its appearance in the International Court's judgment in the Barcelona Traction case. In 1970, The International Court of Justice identified a separatecategory of international obligations, which...

Dr Maurizio Ragazzi has degrees from the Universities of Angelicum and Ferrara in Italy; Columbia, New York and Oxford. He practised for five years with an international law firm during which time he was an international arbitrator. He is now counsel in the Legal Department of the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198298700

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The Appearance of the Concept of Obligations Erga Omnes on the Agenda: The Dictum of the International Court in the Barcelona Traction CaseSelected Prefigurations of the Concept of Obligations Erga Omnes: (a)State Servitude, Permanent Dedication, International Status, and Objective RegimeSelected Prefigurations of the Concept of Obligations Erga Omnes: (b)Jus CogensThe Examples of Obligations Erga Omnes Given by the International Court in its Dictum: (a)The Outlawing of Acts of AggressionThe Examples of Obligations Erga Omnes Given by the International Court in its Dictum: (b)The Outlawing of GenocideThe Examples of Obligations Erga Omnes Given by the International Court in its Dictum: (c)Protection from SlaveryThe Examples of Obligations Erga Omnes Given by the International Court in its Dictum: (d) Protection from Racial DiscriminationSelected Candidates of Obligations Erga Omnes Proposed in the International LiteratureOther Selected Candidates in Light of the Advisory Opinion on Namibia and the Nuclear Tests CasesParticular Aspects of the Relationship Between the Concept of Obligations Erga Omnes and the concepts of Jus Cogens and Actio PopularisBibliography

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`an excellent pioneering study'Law and Justice Quarterly