General Principle of Law – a principle recognized in all kinds of legal relations, regardless of the legal system to which it belongs, or the fundamental tenets of an individual law system

n. (14c)

1. A basic rule, law, or doctrine, especially, one of the fundamental tents of a system.

general principle of law:

1. A principles  widely recognized by peoples whose legal order has attained a certain level of sophistication.

2. Int’l law.  A principle that gives rise to international legal obligations. [1]

     Excerpt from Hermann Mosler’s “General Principles of Law” within Encyclopedia of Public International Law (1995):

     “The adjective ‘general’ does not refer to several or many orders [i.e., legal systems] as do the general principles of national law, but indicates principles which are applied generally in all cases of the same kind which arise in international law (e.g. the principle of nonintervetnion). [4]

3. A principle recognized in all kinds of legal relations, regardless of the legal system to which it belongs (state law, federal law, international law, etc.). — aka general legal principle. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Hermann Mosler, “General Principles of Law,” in 2 Encyclopedia of Public International Law 512, 512 (1995).


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