Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2015

Jus Cogens: Quo Vadis?

  • Maarten den Heijer
  • Harmen van der Wilt

Part of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law book series (NYIL, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jus Cogens: Quo Vadis?

  3. Dutch Practice in International Law ‘Dutch Practice in International Law’: An Introductory Note

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 439-471

About this book


Jus cogens is a formidable yet elusive concept of international law. Since its incorporation in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties some 35 years ago, it has made tentative inroads into international legal practice. But its role in international law is arguably less prominent than might have been expected on the basis of its powerful potential and in view of wider developments in international law that call for constitutionalisation and hierarchy, including the processes of fragmentation and humanization.

This volume of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law sets out to clarify the concepts and doctrines relevant to jus cogens and to sharpen the debate on its theoretical foundations, functions and legal effects. To that purpose, the volume brings together contributions on the genesis and function of jus cogens, on the application of jus cogens in specialised areas of international law and on its enforcement and legal consequences. Together, they reinforce the understanding of jus cogens as a hierarchical concept of international law and shed light on its potential for further development.

The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law was first published in 1970. It offers a forum for the publication of scholarly articles of a conceptual nature in a varying thematic area of public international law.


Jus Cogens Fragmentation of International Law Human Rights Hierarchy in International Law Sources of International Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarten den Heijer
    • 1
  • Harmen van der Wilt
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for International LawUniversity of Amsterdam, Faculty of LawAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Chair of International Criminal LawUniversity of Amsterdam, Faculty of LawAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2016
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-113-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-114-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-6768
  • Series Online ISSN 1574-0951
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