Pacta sunt servanda

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Meaning

agreements must be kept

Discussion

This Latin maxim forms the basic principle of civil law and of international law.

It is one of the oldest principle of international law. Without such a rule, no international agreement would be binding and hence its importance in international agreements.

The peremptory norms of general international law, called jus cogens (compelling law) are the only limits to pacta sunt servanda.


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