Sovereignty and Interpretation of International Norms

  • Carlos Fernández de Casadevante y Romani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Interpretation of International Norms: Sovereignty, Power of Discretion, Delimitation of the Discrepancy

  3. Analysis of International Practice: The Interpretative Canons Employed by International Case Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Pages 159-178
  4. Rules and Criteria Employed in Relation to the Interpretation of Certain Categories of Norms and International Instruments

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-324

About this book


In an International Community characterized by the weight of state sovereignty the interpretation of international norms (by states, International Organizations and judicial and arbitral bodies) is one of the key points of this legal order. State sovereignty conditions the creation and application of International Law as well as the settlement of disputes. That’s why the intervention of judicial and arbitral bodies acquire a great importance.

This work contents a comprehensive and critic approach to international judicial and arbitral case law concerning interpretation of international norms and international institutions as well as to the way the International Court of Justice conceives access to its jurisdiction ant its exercise. So, conventional instruments and instruments of a statutory nature, customary norms, institutional norms of the United Nations, unilateral declarations, as well as procedural instruments, facts alleged and the exercise of the jurisdiction attributed to the International Court of Justice – in the way they have been interpreted by the Court – constitute the object of a work surely useful for persons involved in international practice, studies or teaching.


International Court of Justice International Law International jurisdiction Interpretation of International Norms Public International Law United Nations

Authors and affiliations

  • Carlos Fernández de Casadevante y Romani
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y SocialesUniversidad Rey Juan CarlosVicálvaro (Madrid)Spain

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