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The Concept of International Obligations Erga Omnes

Maurizio Ragazzi


In an obiter dictum in its 1970 judgment in the Barcelona Traction case, the International Court of Justice identified a category of international obligations called erga omnes, namely obligations owed by states to the international community as a whole, intended to protect and promote the basic values and common interests of all. Without losing sight of the theoretical dimension of obligations erga omnes, this book adopts a pragmatic approach, attentive to the traditional sources of international law and evaluating obligations erga omnes in light of state practice and court decisions (includi ... More

Keywords: obligations erga omnes, jus cogens, actio popularis, obiter dictum, Barcelona Traction, aggression, genocide, slavery, racial discrimination, international law

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198298700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurizio Ragazzi, author
The World Bank

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