Download The position of municipal law in international court:Basically, municipal law can be regarded as a sources of international law. Certain municipal lawconcepts such as the concept of Limited Liability Company may be used as a “sources ofinternational law”.
This goes to the decisions of national courts which can be used too.
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1, for example, the company wasincorporated in Canada but has many subsidiaries in Spain. The company had been declaredbankrupt by a Spanish court after having been seriously financially affected by the actions ofSpanish authorities.
The issue before the World Court was whether Belgium could bring anaction against Spain on behalf of the shareholders of the company. It was held that theinternational law has had to recognize corporate entity as an institution created by States in adomain essentially within their domestic jurisdiction.
Whenever legal issues arise concerning therights of States with regard to the treatment of companies and shareholders, as to which rightsinternational law has not established its own rules, it has to refer to the relevant rules ofmunicipal law. For there are no corresponding institutions of international law to which the courtwould resort.
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In referring to such rules, the court cannot modifythem. Next, municipal law may causes breach of international law.
A State cannot plead its municipallaw as an excuse for violating international law. In the event of conflict between internationalobligations and municipal law, the international rule prevails.
As State cannot plead a rule or agap in its own municipal law as a defence to a claim based on international law. This basicprinciple can be found in Article 13 of the Draft Declaration on Rights and Duties of States19492 which reads: 1 (Belgium v Spain) (1970) ICJ Rep.
2 The Draft Declaration was prepared by the International Law Commission.
“Every State has the duty to carry out in good faith its obligations arising from treatiesand other sources of international law, and it may not invoke provisions in its constitution on itslaws as an excuse for failure to perform this duty”.
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It reads:“A party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure toperform a treaty.
”While Article 46 mention about the provisions of internal law regarding competence to concludetreaties.
A State may not invoke the fact that its consent to be bound by a treaty has beenexpressed in violation of a provision of its internal law regarding competence to concludetreaties as invalidating its consent unless that violation was manifest and concerned arule of its internal law of fundamental importance.
A violation is manifest if it would be objectively evident to any State conducting itself inthe matter in accordance with normal practice and in good faith.
” Article 27 and 46 reflect customary international law in providing that a State cannot rely on itsmunicipal law as a justification for its breach of international obligations.
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3There is a consistent judicial and arbitral authority for the rule that a State cannot rely upon itsmunicipal law to avoid its international law obligation.
This can be refer to the case of AlabamaClaims Arbitration. 4 In this dispute, the United States of America (US) claimed that Britain hadviolated neutrality by allowing five warships to be constructed, especially the ‘Alabama’,knowing that it would eventually enter into naval service with the Confederacy.
McCorquodale, Cases and Materials on International Law, (3rd ed. 4 The Alabama Claims Arbitration (US v Great Britain), Moore. officially neutral in the US Civil War and under British neutrality laws, this prevent aid to eitherthe North or South in the prosecution of the war.
Despite its declared neutrality with regard to theUS Civil War, the British had not prevented British ports from being used to supply ships in theConfederate Navy (the South) during the course of that war. The most notorious example was theConfederate ship known as the ‘Alabama’ which was believed to have sunk over 60 Union shipsbefore it was finally sunk.
After the Union (the North) won the Civil War, the US governmentwas anxious to hold the British accountable for what was widely perceived to be a very seriousviolation of the international law of war and peace. More surprising is the fact that the UK waswilling to endorse a clear codification of the law applicable to the duties of a neutral powertowards militants, and to submit the Alabama claims to bind international arbitration.
The Treatyof Washington 1871 between the US and the UK did exactly this. The purpose of the treaty wasto settle all US claims against the UK based on the so-called ‘Alabama claims’ via internationalarbitration.
The treaty set out a clear codification of the international law governing the duties ofneutral states in war time.
In their decision, the arbitrators concluded with regard that all the ruleshad been violated Land Development & Municipal Law. PARTNER MUNICIPAL LAW PRACTICE AREAS. Practice Continuing Legal Education Paper and Presentation (2010)..
The arbitrators awarded the US sum of $15, 500, 000 in gold, as theindemnity to be paid by the UK to the US, for the satisfaction of all the claims referred to theconsideration of the tribunal, conformably to the provisions contained in the treaty. The UK hadviolated the rules of neutrality as formulated and agreed in the Treaty of Washington.
Thetribunal held that the UK could not rely on the absence of domestic legislation as a reason fornon-fulfilment of its obligations of neutrality in the Civil War. Sometimes, an international tribunal may be faced with the task of deciding issues solely on thebasis of the municipal law of a particular State.
5 Such a case was the Serbian Loans6 before thePermanent Court of International Justice. This case arose from a dispute between the Frenchbondholders of certain Serbian loans and the Serb Government.
The former demanded thatpayment must be made on a gold basis. The latter argued that according to the terms of thecontract, payment was to be made by French paper currency.
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The issue before the court was whether it had jurisdiction under its5 A. Ghafur, Public International Law: A Practical Approach, (2006), pg 59.
Statute in a case where the issue was a question which must be decided by application of aparticular municipal law. The conclusion was that the jurisdiction existed.
The basis for thisimportant finding was the wide terns of Article 36(1) of the Statute, which refers specifically tocases brought by special agreements, and the duty of the Court to exercise jurisdiction when thetwo States have agreed to have recourse to the Court. The Court then turned to the issue arisingfrom the case, and found that it had to decide an issue of conflict of laws, namely whetherSerbian or French law governed the obligations at the time they were entered into.
Publicinternational law provided no ready-made rules of conflict of laws.
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As can be seen earlier, municipal law may be a very weighty evidence of State practice and thushelp decide whether a rule of customary international law has developed.
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However, an international tribunal cannot declare theoffending municipal law invalid or void as this would amount to an interference in domesticaffairs. 7 7 Interpretation of the Statute of Memel Territory, PCIJ Series A/B, No.