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  1. Introduction
  2. This definitions of international law
  3. The sources of international law
  4. The theoretical scope
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

International law has always been a significant subject of debate, but in the past hundred years this debate has intensified. Not only has the debate posed questions like ?Of what does international law consist?' but also it has further questioned the authenticity, legitimacy, and sheer existence of international law. Theorists, legal students, and states are also continuously discussing ?Is International law really law?'

[...] Michael Akehurst point out that ?states create international law for themselves and need not accept a new rule unless they agree to it; they need not appear before an international tribunal unless they agree to do so; and there is no centralized executive body with the task of enforcing the law.? (Akehurst, 14) International law is not the real system of legislature, no is it a genuine global legal procedure. If the international law, which is the authentic rule, really existed in global society, there would be a centralized body in enforcing and implementing international law, not only the International Court of Justice. [...]

[...] ?International law upholds, with some reservations, rights created by international treaties and agreements.? (Carr, 181) Treaties are explicitly written agreements among states, and there are more than 25,000 of them written in the past 300 years on a variety of topics. Authoritative bodies, such as the UN International Law Commission, make new laws but additionally codify existing customary law. Two examples of this are the Vienna Conventions and the Law of the Sea. ?Such treaties create legal obligations, the observance of which does not dissolve the treaty obligation.?(Brownlie, 12) Courts are the final component of international law. [...]

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