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March 08, 2009


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loosly defined, jus cogens means the higest law. It probably goes back to a latin interpretation of the Noachide codes. It is law that, in theory, must be followed by all people. Genocide and slavery would violate jus cogens. A prime example of a violation of jus cogens would be the Holocaust. Sadly, more recently we have Darfur. It is a term that gets bantered around the ICJ in The Hague a lot (without much to show) and was a prime mover for the Vienna Conventions.

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