The Legal Significance of the Declarations of the General Assembly of the United Nations

  • Authors
  • Obed Y. Asamoah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-XVIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Obed Y. Asamoah
      Pages 1-16
  3. Declarations and the Development of International Law

  4. Declarations Which Purport to State Existing Principles of International Law

  5. Declarations Which Purport to Create New Principles of International Law

  6. Declarations Intended to Promote Specific Charter Programs

  7. Significance of Declarations in the Practice of States and of International Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Obed Y. Asamoah
      Pages 241-245
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 246-274

About this book


Mr. Asamoah's book is concerned with an area of growing importance in the evolution of contemporary international law. The traditional division of the sources of International law into custom and treaties has already been supplemented in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice by the "general principles of law re­ cognized by civilized nations" and-as subsidiary sources, the judicial decisions and the teachings of highly qualified publicists. But in order to cope with the diversity of international law in our time, we have to look to a far greater variety of sources of international law, and we shall have to recognize that, in accordance with the many-sided character of international law, these sources may vary greatly in intensity. In recent years, Declaratory Resolutions of the General Assembly have been much concerned with the general princi­ ples of international law. Sometimes these Declarations are interpre­ tations of the Charter and other instruments; sometimes they are evi­ dence of state practice and a developing customary international law ; sometimes they formulate new principles which, in some cases will eventually lead to international treaties or new custom, or in other cases will be accepted as authorative statements of international legal principles, in circumstances where a formal treaty cannot be attained. There are many reasons--often of an internal character-which prevent the conclusion of a treaty but not the acceptance of the principles contained in it.


Development of International Law Self-determination Sources of international law UN United Nations human rights international law international organizations

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1966
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8685-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9495-2
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