The responsibility of a state in international law must be distinguished from any responsibility which it may bear as a matter of its own municipal law. From the viewpoint of international law, the content of municipal law is generally treated as a question of fact1. A number of consequences follow from that principle which are relevant for the purposes of the law of international responsibility: whether or not any particular conduct is internationally wrongful is governed by international law2, and accordingly a state cannot attempt to avoid international responsibility by invoking the provisions of its own municipal law, in
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