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International Legal Research Guide

An overview of international law and where to begin research


General principles of law consist of principles of fairness and justice that have universal application in legal systems around the world. Judicial decisions and the teachings of publicists may reference these general principles of law. To identify general principles, search judicial decisions or teachings of publicists (scholarly writing) for phrases such as "established principle" or "general principle." 

Sources on General Principles of Law