What is international law?
international law. (18c) The legal system governing the relationships between nations; more modernly, the law of international relations, embracing not only nations but also such participants as international organizations and individuals (such as those who invoke their human rights or commit war crimes). Also termed public international law; law of nations, . . . law between states.
customary international law. International law that derives from the practice of states and is accepted by them as legally binding. • This is one of the principal sources or building blocks of the international legal system.
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What is Comparative Law?
In the strict sense, it is the theoretical study of legal systems by comparison with each other, and has a tradition going back over a century. In recent years it has gained in practical importance for two reasons. The first is the increased globalization of world trade, involving the need to conduct business in unfamiliar legal systems. The second is the move towards harmonization of laws, and more recently towards codification within the European Union, where several legal traditions coexist.
Paul Norman, Globalex, Update Comparative Law (Feb. 2009)
transnational law. 1. The amalgam of common principles of domestic and international law dealing esp. with problems arising from agreements made between sovereign states and foreign private parties. 2. The problems to which such principles apply. Cf. international law.
TRANSNATIONAL LAW, Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009), transnational law
Normally, in international law, states are like billiard balls--they may knock each other around, but there is no inner penetration to provinces, municipalities, or individuals. In transnational law, this is not true; not only are nation states involved, but sub-sovereign entities and individuals in the issue. This often occurs when there are environmental and shared natural resource issues. The CIA World Fact Book summarizes for each country the transnational issues affecting a particular country. For instance, water sharing with the United States is listed as a disputed issue under Mexico's "Transnational Issues." Another example is the Columbia River Treaty Review involving not only the sovereign states of the United States and Canada, but British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming and fifteen tribal nations of the United States and seventeen first nations in Canada. See Nigel Bankes and Babara Cosens, The Future of the Columbia River Treaty 26-29, 102 (October 2012), http://www.columbiarivergovernance.org/The_Future_of_the_CRT_October_2_Final_Document.pdf.
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Supranational law - Supranational law is a form of international law, based on the limitation of the rights of sovereign nations between one another. It is distinguished from public international law, because in supranational law, nations explicitly submit their right to make judicial decisions to a set of common institutions.
Saskia I Mehlhorn, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Foreign & International Law Research (handout) 2 (Spring 2011)
supranational, adj. Free of the political limitations of nations.
SUPRANATIONAL, Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009), supranational