Addressing Conflicts in International Treaty Law

Publication Date : 07/04/2021

Author(s) :

Faizah Muhammad.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 2
Issue 1
(04 - 2021)

Abstract :

International law is a vast body of laws that touches on varying subject matters and imposes serious responsibilities and liability on states. Due to its broadness, states have got into the practice of binding themselves to multiple treaties that embody opposing principles. These conflicting treaty obligations highlight the flaws of international laws that consider all treaties to carry equal force, thus making it difficult to determine what law should supersede others in case of a conflict. Thus, this essay analyses the problems involved when states take on conflicting treaty-based obligations. It studies the current rules for resolving these conflicts and underscores particular points where a detailed hierarchy may be developed so that treaty laws can be more effective. Finally, the essay recommends that states pay more attention to their existing bodies of law to avoid potential conflicts with later treaty provisions. Keywords: International Law, Conflict of Laws, Treaty Obligations

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