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Mr. Maurice Mendelson

Mr. Maurice Mendelson
Queen’s Counsel and Emeritus Professor of International Law, University of London

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International Law
Customary Law
Customary International Law
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International Law
Customary Law
Customary International Law
A. Legal Instruments
Declaration respecting Maritime Law, Paris, of 16 April 1856.

Charter of the United Nations, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Statute of the International Law Commission, New York, 21 November 1947.

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 31.

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 85.

Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 135.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Convention on the High Seas, Geneva, 29 April 1958, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 450, p. 11.

Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Vienna, 18 April 1961, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 500, p. 95.

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

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Montego Bay, 10 December 1982, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1833, p.3.
B. Jurisprudence
Permanent Court of International Justice, The Case of the S.S. Lotus (France v. Turkey), Judgment of 7 September 1927, P.C.I.J., Series A, No 10, p. 5.

International Court of Justice, Colombian-Peruvian asylum case, Judgment of 20 November 1950, I.C.J. Reports 1950, p. 266.

International Court of Justice, Fisheries Case, Judgment of 18 December 1951, I.C.J. Reports 1951, p. 116.

International Court of Justice, North Sea Continental Shelf, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1969, p.3.

International Court of Justice, Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1986, p. 14.

International Court of Justice, Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1996, p. 226.
C. Documents
U.S. Proclamation 2667, “Policies of the United States with Respect to the Natural Resources of the Subsoil and Sea Bed of the Continental Shelf”, 28 September 1945.

U.S. Proclamation 2668, “Policy of the United. States with Respect to Coastal Fisheries in Certain Areas of the High Sea”, 28 September 1945.

General Assembly resolution 95(I) of 11 December 1946 (Affirmation of the Principles of International Law recognised by the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal).

General Assembly resolution 26/25(XXV) of 24 October 1970 (Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations).

General Assembly resolution 2601 (XXIV) of 16 December 1969 (International co-operation in the peaceful uses of outer space).

ILA Resolution 16/2000, “Formation of General Customary International Law”, adopted on 29 July 2000, International Law Association, Report of the Sixty-Ninth Conference, London, p. 39.
D. Doctrine
M.H. Mendelson, “The Formation of Customary International law”, Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law, vol. 272, 1998, pp. 155-410.