Soft law

Filed Under: International Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).

Refers to a variety of international and diplomatic transactions of a non-legal nature. While not lex lata (the law as it exists), it may be looked to as lex ferenda (the developing or desirable law).


Non-binding or emerging norms which may or may not eventually harden into binding law; rules not yet grounded in a recognized, formal source of law.

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