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Judge Kenneth James Keith

Judge Kenneth Keith
International Court of Justice

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International Law
National Law
Lawyers working within their own national legal systems more and more frequently face law made elsewhere, through a great variety of international mechanisms.  In this lecture I first give a sense of that law and second discuss some of the ways in which it becomes part of national law and is administered by national institutions.

The Role of International Law in National Law - Part I
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The Role of International Law in National Law - Part II
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International Law
National Law
The Role of International Law in National Law
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A. Legal Instruments
Constitution of the United States, Philadelphia, 14 May 1787.

Criminal Code of Canada, 1892.

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.

United Nation Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Vienna, 11 April 1980, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1489, p. 3.

Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, Montreal, 28 May 1999, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2242, p. 309.

B. Jurisprudence

International

International Court of Justice, Applicability of the Obligation to Arbitrate under Section 21 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement of 26 June 1947 Advisory Opinion of 26 April 1988, I.C.J. Reports 1988, p. 12.

National

R v. Jones [2007] 1 AC 136.

Attorney-General for Canada v. Attorney-General for Ontario [1937] AC 326.

Simmons v. Roper, 125 S. Ct. 1183 (2005).

The State v. T Makwanyane and M Mchunu, Case No. CCT/3/94, 6 June 1995.

Attorney-General v. Ngati Apa [2003] 3 NZLR 643.

R v. William Dodd (1874) 2 CA (NZ) 598.

Lesa v. Attorney-General of New Zealand, [1982] 1 NZLR 165 CA and JC, [1983] 2 AC 20.

R (European Roma Rights) v. Prague Immigration Officer [2005] 2 AC 1.

C. Doctrine

A.D. McNair, “The Functions and Differing Legal Characters of Treaties”, British Yearbook of International Law, vol. 11, 1930, p. 100.

A.D. McNair, The Law of Treaties, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1961.