Definition of jus cogens in English:

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jus cogens

Pronunciation: /ˌdʒʌs ˈkəʊdʒɛnz/


[mass noun] Law
The principles which form the norms of international law that cannot be set aside.
Example sentences
  • 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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