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What are Generally-recognized Principles of Law?
The "general principles of law recognized by civilized nations" is the third source of law according to the Statute of the International Court of Justice.
General principles are legal concepts so fundamental that they can be found in legal systems throughout the world. In researching general principles of international law, consult background sources, international decisions, and domestic legislation. For a more nuanced discussion, see International Judicial Monitor, What are General Principles of International Law?"