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A. IntroductionEdit

B. Historical BackgroundEdit

I. Early PracticeEdit

II. The Drafting of the PCIJ StatuteEdit

III. Overview of the Practice of the PCIJ and ICJEdit

C. The Nature of General PrinciplesEdit

I. Rules and Principles in International LawEdit

II. The Relationship between General Principles and other International NormsEdit

D. The Creation of General PrinciplesEdit

I. Ascertainment of Unwritten RulesEdit

II. Relevant Actors: Replacing "Civilized Nations"Edit

III. Comparative Reasoning in the Determination of General PrinciplesEdit

E. The Functions of General PrinciplesEdit

I. Facilitating International AdjudicationEdit

II. Fostering Coherence and Regulating ChangeEdit

III. Pushing the Boundaries of International LawEdit

F. Concluding RemarksEdit

Further ReadingsEdit

  • Source I
  • Source II


  • Summary I
  • Summary II

Table of ContentsEdit

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Part I - History, Theory, and Methods

Part II - General International Law

Part III - Specialized Fields


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