Customary international law is an attempt to create normative structures to constrain states but structures which are themselves drawn from the conduct of states custom has unique importance as the only universally binding branch of international law. Customary international law is an aspect of international law involving the principle of custom along with general principles of law and treaties custom is considered by the international court of justice jurists the united nations and its member states to be among the primary sources of international law. The contribution to customary international law by territories under international administration july 2017 in j daspremont and s droubi eds international organizations and the formation of customary international law manchester manchester university press 2018 forthcoming. The concept of customary international law is more fully explained in the international court of justice publication the international court of justice a guide to the history composition jurisdiction procedure and decisions of the court in the section on international law. 184 international law commission formation of customary international law in cases such as the lotus 1927 the asylum 1950 the north sea continental shelf 1969 and the nicaragua 1986 cases nonetheless it important to remark that in the last decade the court has
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