the body of rules that nations generally recognize as binding in their conduct toward one another.
the body of rules generally recognized by civilized nations as governing their conduct towards each other and towards each other’s subjects

A body of rules and principles that govern the relations among nations. (See Geneva Conventions and International Court of Justice.)


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