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International Law

International law is the term commonly used for referring to laws that govern the conduct of independent nations in their relationships with one another. It differs from other legal systems in that it primarily concerns provinces rather than private citizens. However, the term \"international law\" can refer to three distinct legal disciplines

    * Public international law, which governs the relationship between provinces and international entities, either as an individual or as a group. It includes the following specific legal field such as the treaty law, law of sea, international criminal law and the international humanitarian law.
    * Private international law, or conflict of laws, which addresses the questions of (1) in which legal jurisdiction may a case be heard; and (2) the law concerning which jurisdiction(s) apply to the issues in the case
    * Supranational law or the law of supranational organizations (such as The European Union), which concerns at present regional agreements where the special distinguishing quality is that laws of nation states are held inapplicable when conflicting with a supranational legal system.

Articles About International Law

People hug as they leave an area designated for family members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 passengers, while waiting for more information about the crashed plane, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang July 18, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines Bo
Malaysia Airlines MH17 Trial: Malaysia or Netherlands to Convene Trial, Not ICC

By IBTimes AU

The trial of those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17 will be convened in either a Malaysian or Dutch court, but not at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. (Jul 31)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, COURT, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, ATTORNEY GENERAL

U.S. President Obama speaks about the economy, in Austin
U.S. ‘Defends’ Israel for ‘Disgraceful’ Attack on UN School in Gaza that Killed 15

By IBTimes AU

The United Nations as well as the United States condemned Israel after an Israeli missile attack on a Gaza school killed at least 15 people and injured more than 100 on Wednesday, July 30. (Jul 31)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, UNITED NATIONS

An imprint of where a body used to lie on the ground is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
UN Vows to Bring MH17 Crash Perpetrators to Justice; Downing of Plane a 'War Crime'

By IBTimes AU

The fatal downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine has been called a possible "war crime." According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the act of shooting down a passenger aircraft is a "v... (Jul 29)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, AUSTRALIA

An imprint of where a body used to lie on the ground is seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev
UN Vows to Bring MH17 Crash Perpetrators to Justice; Downing of Plane a 'War Crime'

By IBTimes AU

The fatal downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine has been called a possible "war crime." According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the act of shooting down a passenger aircraft is a "v... (Jul 29)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, AUSTRALIA

An Israeli Apache helicopter fires flares near the border with the northern Gaza Strip
Canada Seeks Probe into Weapons Seized at UN Schools in Gaza

By IBTimes AU

The Canadian Government has called for a UN investigation into the reported discoveries of weapons caches at the UN-run schools in the Gaza Strip, reported Global Post. According to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird it was shocking that st... (Jul 25)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, UNITED NATIONS

An Israeli Apache helicopter fires flares near the border with the northern Gaza Strip
Gaza Crisis: 695 Dead & 4,500 Injured, UN Accuses Israel of War Crimes

By IBTimes AU

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights indicated that Israel might have committed "war crimes" during its offensives in the Gaza Strip. (Jul 24)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, HUMAN RIGHTS

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 relatives of victims
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17: Air Carrier to Give $5,000 Assistance to Victims’ Families; Bankruptcy Looms as 2 Air Mishaps Would Cost Firm Minimum $80.55 M Compensation

By IBTimes AU

Almost $1.5 million would be deducted from Malaysian Airlines shaky finances as the embattled air carrier announced on Monday that it would grant $5,000 assistance to each of the families of the 298 victims of MH 17. (Jul 22)

MORE TOPICS: RUSSIA, UKRAINE

Sri Lankan asylum seekers who were sent back by Australia wait to enter a magistrate's court in Galle
Amnesty International Slams Australia for Breaching Refugee Convention

By IBTimes AU

Australia is under fire for returning a boat filled with asylum seekers to Sri Lanka with Amnesty International calling it an "act of refoulement." The government is facing international scrutiny over the country's treatment of asylum seekers. (Jul 16)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, COURT, AUSTRALIA

Asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran cry as Indonesian officers force them to leave the Australian vessel Hermia
Australia's Treatment of Asylum Seekers Under Fire Due to Possible Violation of Refugee Convention

By IBTimes AU

After Australia returned a group of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, the country has been accused of breaking international refugee convention. A group of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers had attempted to reach Australia by boat. (Jul 08)

MORE TOPICS: COURT, AUSTRALIA, INDIA

Stana Katic poses with her award at the 2014 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles
Castle Season 7 Filming Soon, Stana Katic Talks 'Passion' in Recent Interview, Andrew Marlowe Happy about New Stories [SPOILERS]

By IBTimes AU

"Castle" Season 7 returns in the fall on ABC with new stories and new villains. Stana Katic's Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion's Rick Castle will be in new adventures with new showrunner David Amann. Creator Andrew Marlowe stays on board. (Jun 30)

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