487. Law applicable to cases before the International Court of Justice.

The International Court of Justice1, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such disputes as are submitted to it, must apply:

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    (1)     international conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognised by the contesting states;

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    (2)     international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law;

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    (3)     the general principles of law recognised by civilised nations; and