The International Legal 'System

AuthorJohn H. Currie; Craig Forcese; Joanna Harrington; Valerie Oosterveld
Part i
The International Legal “System”
In this Part we examine the fundamental building blocks of international law. We look at the
meaning of international law before moving on to discuss the sources of international legal
obligation and the subjects of international law.
Our title to this Part draws attention to the word “System”; we chose this approach
because international law is not simply a eld of law, but an entire system of law. Within the
international legal system there are many diverse elds, from international trade law and
foreign investment law to international environmental law, international human rights law,
and international criminal law. All these elds rest on an understanding of the basic tenets
of the international legal system as a whole.

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