The principles that form the norms of international law that cannot be set aside.
- In particular, questions relating to the ‘why’ of jus cogens are tricky to answer.
- Jus cogens may, therefore, operate to invalidate a treaty or agreement between states to the extent of the inconsistency with any such principles or norms.
Latin, literally 'compelling law'.
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