Jus cogens, did it leave the garage?

Carlos Espaliú Berdud
Catedrático de Relaciones internacionales, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid, España (Professor of international relations, University Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid, Spain) cespaliu@nebrija.es

During the preparation of the VCLT, the ILC considered that «the right course [was] to provide in general terms that a treaty is void if it conflicts with a rule of jus cogens and to leave the full content of this rule to be worked out in State practice and in the jurisprudence of international tribunals». Now, more than forty years since the adoption of the Convention, practical experience has provided us with sufficient perspective to be able to apply the concept of jus cogens reliably and effectively. Indeed, the concept has become definitively consolidated. Besides, even though the international community has not yet recognized some of its rules, international institutions are increasingly doing so. Likewise, the legal effects of jus cogens are becoming established outside the strict framework of the law of treaties, impregnating the whole area of the sources of law and, gradually, the areas of both international subjectivity and international responsibility as well.

1. INTRODUCCIÓN.—2. LA PRÁCTICA CONVENCIONAL.—3. LA PRÁCTICA DE LA ASAMBLEA GENERAL Y DEL CONSEJO DE SEGURIDAD DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS.— 3.1. La Asamblea General.—3.2. El Consejo de Seguridad.—4. LA PRÁCTICA DE OTROS ÓRGANOS Y ORGANISMOS INTERNACIONALES.—4.1. La Comisión de Derecho internacional.—4.2. Otros organismos internacionales.—5. LA PRÁCTICA DE LAS DIVERSAS JURISDICIONES INTERNACIONALES.—5.1. La Corte Internacional de Justicia.— 5.2. Otras jurisdicciones internacionales.—6. LA PRÁCTICA ESTATAL .—7. CONCLUSIONES.

competence of international and municipal tribunals; International responsibility; international subjectivity; Jus cogens; sources of International Law;

REDI Vol. LXVII 1 2015




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