Renmin Chinese Law Review
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Renmin Chinese Law Review

Selected Papers of The Jurist (法学家), Volume 2

Edited by Jichun Shi

Renmin Chinese Law Review, Volume 2 is the second work in a series of annual volumes on contemporary Chinese law, which bring together the work of recognised scholars from China, offering a window on current legal research in China.
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Chapter 13: The customary nature of the principle of non-intervention: a methodological note

Chen Yifeng


The principle of non-intervention, also referred to as the principle of non-intervention in domestic affairs of other states, is recognized by international society as one of the basic principles of international law. The principle of non-intervention as a general term in contemporary international law consists of a cluster of normative regulations, including both the general principle and a set of sub-principles, rules and institutions, which prohibit intervention of different kinds in various concrete circumstances. The contents of the principle are to a great extent codified, developed and crystallized in the practice of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in Accordance with the Charter of the United Nations (Declaration on Principles of International Law 1970), unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 24 October 1970, is widely considered as an authoritative statement on the principle of non-intervention in international law.

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