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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

U.N. Security Council Meets over Ukraine Hours Before Deadline
U.N. Chief Demands Security Council Action on Syria

By Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded on Wednesday that the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported to the body that none of the warring parties was adhering to U.N. demands for aid access. (2:10 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, CHINA, UNITED NATIONS, RUSSIA

MH370: Black Box Batteries May be Dead and Who Should Have Custody of the Malaysia Airlines' Black Box

By IBTimes AU

After the four signals last week, things have slowed down in the hunt for the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight. It appears that the black box batteries may have died, reports CBC News. There are no more signals coming from the ocean floor, but ... (Apr 14)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, ATTORNEY GENERAL, LOS ANGELES

Iranian official will not get visa for U.N. ambassadorship - White House
Iranian Official will not get Visa for U.N. Ambassadorship - White House

By Reuters

The United States said on Friday it would not grant a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions about how much influence the White House can wield over the world body. (Apr 12)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS, WHITE HOUSE, NEW YORK, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the Arab League Foreign Ministers emergency meeting in Cairo
Abbas Signs International Conventions; Kerry Cancels Visit

By Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday, citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release in a decision that jeopardised U.S. efforts to salvage fragile peace talks. (Apr 02)

MORE TOPICS: ISRAEL, COURT, SETTLEMENT, CONGRESS

Australia Detaining Child Asylum Seekers in Violation of International Laws

By IBTimes AU

Australia may be violating international law for detaining children in its asylum seeker detention centre. The Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted an investigation into the country's practice of holding refugee children in detention facilities in March. (Apr 02)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, AUSTRALIA, UNITED NATIONS, CIVIL RIGHTS, LAWYER

Execution Worldwide Up by 15%, Amnesty International Reports

By IBTimes AU

The latest report from Amnesty International showed that execution rose by 15 per cent in 2013 (Mar 28)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IRAQ, AUSTRALIA, SOMALIA

A Ukrainian flag placed by a family member of a sailor on board the Ukrainian naval landing vessel "Konstantin Olshansky" is seen in the blockaded Donuzlav bay in Crimea  March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Leaders to Receive Travel Sanctions Over Ukraine, Crimea Crisis – New Zealand

By IBTimes AU

About 30 leaders deemed responsible for the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea will be receiving sanctions against travelling in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced over the weekend. (Mar 24)

MORE TOPICS: EUROPEAN UNION, RUSSIA, UKRAINE

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during a news conference at Lambeth Palace in London February 20, 2014.  The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby gave his backing on Thursday to a campaign by both Anglican and Catholic bishops opposing t
Catholics, Muslims, Anglicans Unite, Sign Deal to Launch Global Network Against Human Trafficking

By IBTimes AU

In a rare show of solidary and brotherhood, Catholics, Muslims and Anglicans around the world converged on Monday to sign a deal that would launch the Global Freedom Network that would work towards the elimination of human trafficking worldwide. (Mar 20)

MORE TOPICS: G20

A child walks past a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.162 microsievert per hour, at a square in front of Koriyama Station in Koriyama, west of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture March 1, 2014.
Nuclear Weapons Ban: Secret Documents Reveal Australia Blocking New Zealand-Led Campaign

By IBTimes AU

The Australian government was reportedly leading secret attempts to block New Zealand's push for nuclear disarmament based on the released documents under the freedom of information laws. The documents contained declassified information on minis... (Mar 10)

MORE TOPICS: NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AUSTRALIA, UNITED NATIONS, MEXICO, SOUTH AFRICA

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk holds a news conference during a European leaders emergency summit on Ukraine, in Brussels
Crimea Votes in Favour of Joining Russia, Obama Calls It Violation of International Law

By IBTimes AU

Crimea has decided to join Russia after its parliament voted in favour of it on Thursday, March 6 (Mar 07)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, HILLARY CLINTON, GERMANY, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, U.S. NAVY