The United Nations comprises 193 states, all of which have legal relations with each other. But how are these relationships governed? International law is there to help: It organises, furthers, and reforms these relationships. Who defines what a state is and why is Palestine, among others, not always recognised as one?
This 9th episode of Maastricht Law Talk features Marcel Brus. He is a professor of Public International Law at the University of Groningen. He not only coordinates several study programmes (two LLMs and one LLB), but also chairs the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies in Groningen. Additionally, he holds the position of Director of Studies at the prestigious International Law Association (Click here.)
As always: If you haven’t listened to our first episode yet, you should consider doing so first: What is Law. It definitely helps understanding certain terms and concepts.
Marcel and I discuss
- the historical development of international law,
- how it can be enforced,
- what the requirements of statehood are,
- why we should talk about participants and not of subjects,
- the position of the ICJ and other international courts/tribunals,
- what sources international law has,
- how humanitarian interventions work,
- the power of the UN’s General Assembly and Security Council, as well as
- much more.
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