Soft law

Soft law: non-binding rules. Functions:

  • «Harden» to some treaties.
  • Provide evidence of an existing customary rule.
  • Formative of opinio iuris or of a State practice.
  • Interpretation
  • Incorportated to binding treaties.
  • Assist in the development and application of general international law.

Codes of conduct: non-binding instruments unless otherwise agreed.

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