Unit 3: To what extent should internationalism be pursued?

International Law and Agreements

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International Law and Agreements

  • International law is interpreted by the UN’s International Court of Justice, or World Court.

  • This court attempts to settle international disputes peacefully but not all countries cooperate. Some countries are reluctant to recognize its authority or abide by its decisions. This is because they do not want to give up the control make their own decisions.

  • An example of international law is the International Law of the Sea.

  • This agreement sets out the rules of the high seas – or waters that lie beyond the territorial waters of any country.

  • Territorial waters are those that extend 22 km from a country’s coast. It gives coastal countries the exclusive right to control fishing, mining and the environment in an area up to 370 km from shore.

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