Exploring the boundaries of international law
Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Exploring the boundaries of international law

1 Personality in international law

States have long been, and still are, the principal actors in international relations. As such, they are recognised by customary international law as possessing certain international rights and duties and having the capacity to act internationally: they have legal personality. An international legal person has the capacity to make binding international agreements and to bring claims before international and national tribunals to enforce rights given by international law. Conversely, they are subject to obligations imposed by international law.

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