The International Court of Justice1, in the exercise of its function to decide such disputes as are submitted to it in accordance with international law, applies the following:
(1) international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognised by the contesting states2;
(2) international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law3;
(3) the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations4; and
(4) as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law, judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations
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