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Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol and Stephen Joseph Powell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814736937

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814736937.001.0001

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Global Concepts

Global Concepts

A General Introduction

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Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol

Stephen Joseph Powell

NYU Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the principles of international law and international law-making, which are central to the formulation of trade and human rights agreements, as well as to the development and evolution of trade and human rights norms. It begins with an overview of significant developments in the history of international law, including the Thirty Years War (1618–1648) in central Europe. It then discusses the use of treaties in international law-making and cites the principal source of the law of treaties, the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. It also considers some provisions of the Vienna Convention to elucidate what determines whether an instrument is a “treaty” and concludes with an assessment of international law-making and its relation to domestic law, using the United States as an example.

Keywords:   international law, international law-making, trade agreements, human rights agreements, human rights, Thirty Years War, treaties, domestic law, United States

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