from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and nations. Also called law of nations.
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- n. Law which involves, for instance, the United Nations, maritime law, international criminal law and the Geneva Convention.
- n. Law which addresses the question of which legal jurisdiction cases may be heard in.
- n. Law covering situations where the laws of nation states are held inapplicable when conflicting with a supranational legal system.
- n. The term commonly used for referring to the system of implicit and explicit agreements that bind together nations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the rules regulating the mutual intercourse of nations. International law is mainly the product of the conditions from time to time of international intercourse, being drawn from diplomatic discussion, textbooks, proof of usage, and from recitals in treaties. It is called public when treating of the relations of sovereign powers, and private when of the relations of persons of different nationalities. International law is now, by the better opinion, part of the common law of the land. Cf. Conflict of laws, under Conflict.
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- n. the body of laws governing relations between nations
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