UMKC Law Review


Jackson Elder


The most successful environmental treaty in history might break international law's core principle, and it all depends on who you ask. International law consists of rules and principles relating to states, international organizations, and individuals. The source of all international law is the consent of nations, and each nation is governed by the treaties they consent to. Provisions that force states to behave according to its text and do not satisfy international law's traditional consent standard are consequential. As no term exists for these provisions currently, these clauses have been termed as international imposed axiomatic alterations ("IIAA"s). IIAAs, for this writing, are rules found within a treaty that compel states to act in a certain way despite that country not consenting to the rule. This Comment questions the legitimacy of what legal support these IIAAs hold.