To reconcile this modern iteration of individual oriented public order norms with the traditionally state based form of international law thomas weatherall applies the idea of a social contract to structure the analysis of jus cogens into four areas authority sources content and enforcement. One of the most complex doctrines in contemporary international law jus cogens is the immediate product of the socialization of the international community following the second world war. Starting from the presupposition that jus cogens norms are cognizable as an expression of the social contract of the international community his book explores the four principal areas of jus cogens set forth by his chosen framework of analysis authority sources content and enforcement pp xlii 16. Part i peremptory norms of general international law jus cogens the doctrine of jus cogens can be understood as the confluence of international law and social contract. Weatherall points to similarities between social contract and jus cogens like the social contract for the domestic legal order jus cogens reflects a genesis of certain values and interests in international law as a product of their importance to the maintenance of the international community at 99 100 it follows that weatherall unlike
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