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Websters Dictionary defines Law as 1A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom agreement or authority 2 aThe body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority a legal system international law bThe condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system a breakdown of law and civilized behavior 3A set of rules or principles dealing with a specific area of a legal system tax law criminal law 4A piece of enacted legislation In this paper I will attempt to shed some light on this matter as to whether or not International Law is congruent with the definition by examining portions of our International Law study that either match or contrast this definition Since it inception there have been a number of schools and theories of International Law including Positivism Monism Eclecticism as well as a bevy of others However at the base of International Law there are a number of agreements between Sovereigns in the form of conventions acts agreements and treaties which hold jurisdiction over disputes between countries as well as creates means of resolutions In our course of study we have come across a number of such entities the first of which is the United Nations herein UN which currently has 191 member nations and concisely serves a body that facilitates international relations According to the Charter the UN has four purposes to maintain international peace and security to develop friendly relations among nations to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations The United Nations is not a world government and it does not make laws It does however provide the means to help resolve international conflicts and formulate policies on matters affecting all of us At the UN all the Member States -- large and small rich and poor with
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