Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains II- Indian Polity, International affairs
- JUS COGENS meaning “compelling law” in Latin, are rules in international law that are peremptory or authoritative, and from which states cannot deviate
- These norms cannot be offset by a separate treaty between parties intending to do so, since they hold fundamental values. Today, most states and international organisations accept the principle of jus cogens, which dates back to Roman times.
- So far, an exhaustive list of jus cogens rules does not exist. However, the prohibition of slavery, genocide, racial discrimination, torture, and the right to self-determination are recognised norms.