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date: 28 February 2020

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This article addresses the following question: What conception of international law best serves diplomacy’s purposes? It argues that the principles and rules of international law as ordered and sharpened by leading scholars, by the legally based claims and counter-claims of governments, and by the legal discourse of inter-governmental institutions and NGOs constitute a specialized, generally understood idiom which can facilitate diplomatic communication. Principles and rules also provide a relatively stable framework for quotidian decision-making by government and non-governmental actors dealing with transnational issues.

Keywords: international relations, diplomacy, international law, principles law, diplomatic communication

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