Customary international law is an attempt to create normative structures to constrain states but structures which are themselves drawn from the conduct of states custom has unique importance as the only universally binding branch of international law from the alleged prohibition on torture to the alleged legality of humanitarian . Customary international law is an aspect of international law involving the principle of custom along with general principles of law and treaties custom is considered by the international court of justice jurists the united nations and its member states to be among the primary sources of international law. The concept of customary international law has long perplexed legal scholars according to manley 0 hudson even the drafters of the international court of justice and international law commission statutes had no very clear idea as to what constituted international custom in his recently revised book custom in present international law . Despite appearing in treaties international court decisions and united nations resolutions and in fact being older than the united nations itself customary international law is a concept rarely discussed in mainstream public discourse yet it has profound consequences for the international rule of law defining customary international law. Part ii will discuss customary law a principal source of international law and theories regarding its development and applicability finally part iii will dive into the intersection of customary international law landmines and how countries public statements actions and expressed opin ions have led to the advancement of new customary
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