Questions tagged [international-law]

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Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified?

Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified by President with Senate approval? If so, what is the precise mechanism for withdrawing from a treaty for US Government? If the answer differs for ...
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What are the consequences of exiting the Outer Space Treaty

In a hypothetical scenario that Russia, China or USA decide to "occupy" the Moon, they can not legally do that now due to having signed the Outer Space Treaty. Can one of the signing countries exit ...
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Accredited Investor laws for non-US citizens

My understanding is that in the US, accredited investor laws are in place to protect people from investing in high-risk ventures. This is, for instance, why KickStarter couldn't offer stakes in the ...
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What is the customary international law of transboundary fresh waters?

I have a question concerning "water sharing between two countries that share a common river": What is the country water percentage from which the river flows, is the percentage typically higher ...
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Do Caribbean countries have standing against colonial countries for slave reparations?

A new lawsuit is being filed in the International Court at Haugue for slave reparations. Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money ...
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What actions are legal against pirates for private ships?

I've watched the film The problem with pirates and one thing which is the most surprising to me is that those captured ships have made no withstand - and that they are virtually defenseless. In the ...
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Is Japan allowed to shoot drones in Japanese airspace under international law?

In Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe, there's mention of Japanese plans to shoot down Chinese drones: The statement was referring to reports that Mr Abe had approved defence plans ...
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Why hasn't the UN invoked “Uniting for Peace” in Syria?

The "Uniting for Peace" doctrine, invoked in November 1950 via its resolution 377A(V), allows the UN General Assembly to recommend collective action when the Security Council, because of lack of ...
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What laws cover the transit areas of international airports?

As of the writing of this question (6/25/13), Edward Snowden is presumed to be at SVO (a fate, incidentally, that may be worse than actual imprisonment), but there is a disconnect between Vladimir ...
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What law compels countries to take prisoners who wish to surrender?

This arose around some comments on " Is it true that the US president can execute anyone without a trial? " Is there any international law, or convention (including Geneva) which compels any country ...
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Does any present legislation practice exile as a regular sentence?

In antiquity, courts could sentence a person convicted of a crime into exile. For example, in ancient Athens, According to the preserved part of the inscription, unintentional homicides receive a ...

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