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Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law

Brownlie's Principles of Public International Law (9th edn)

James Crawford
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date: 03 June 2023

p. 44021. Jurisdictional competencelocked

p. 44021. Jurisdictional competencelocked

  • James CrawfordJames CrawfordJudge of the International Court of Justice and former Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge


Jurisdiction refers to a state’s competence under international law to regulate the conduct of natural and juridical persons. The notion of regulation includes the activity of all branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. This chapter discusses prescriptive jurisdiction over crimes, civil prescriptive jurisdiction, the separateness of the grounds of jurisdiction, and enforcement jurisdiction.

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