General principles of International Law

1. Origin. From the Latin noun “Principia”: first, foremost, leading, chief, more neccesary. 

2. Definition.  Principles are the pinnacle of the legal system and are intended to serve as basic guidelines for the life of the whole community. Main values inferred from municipal laws or from the nature of international community.

3. Aims.

  • i) general obligations;
  • ii) set out the policy lines and the basic goals of State agencies;
  • iii) interpretation.

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