International Law
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By international law is understood the sum total of all those norms which regulate relationships between States, federations of States and certain other so-called international law “persons” (see below) within the universal community of nations. The norms of international law bind States and statesmen in international intercourse: they lay down the rules to a certain extent for the great interplay of world politics. From another point of view they provide States and statesmen with a weapon — abo…

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Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte, “International Law”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 20 May 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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