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International law, also known as public international law, is the body of law which governs the relationships between nation states or certain international organisations. It is in contrast with private international law.

The UK is considered to have a dualist system, which treats domestic and international law to be separate. Under such a system, international laws have to be formally implemented by means of domestic legislation in order to be enforceable.

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is an example of a piece of international law which applies in the UK. The ECHR is enshrined in UK law via the Human Rights Act 1998.

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