Essay on International Law And National Law

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In the United States and most countries there is law, if you break the law there is most certainly repercussions and punishment for not following the rules of the land. The punishments differentiate based on the crime you are convicted of; the punishments are also different in every country, if you steal in America you get a little jail time, in other places you could still lose your hand. The point of this is to say that every country has a higher power ensuring rules and laws are followed, but who is the higher power of the world? Who is the person making sure the nations of Earth are following the laws? The answer is no one. “ The major difference between international law and national law is that government authorities can enforce national law.” (Clarkson, Miller, Cross 453). A nation is defined as “a sovereign entity”; this means, “there is no higher authority to which that nation must submit”(Clarkson, Miller, Cross 453). There are forms of international law that occur between countries, one in particular would be a treaty. A treat is “an agreement or contract between two or more nations that must be authorized and ratified by the supreme power of each nation” (Clarkson, Miller, Cross 454). There is one treaty between the United States and Russia that ended a war, that treaty was the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
President Ronald Reagan and Russian leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987; the treaty was then…

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