- The rules and principles which govern the relations and dealings of nations with each other. New Jersey v Delaware, 291 US 361, 78 L Ed 847, 54 S Ct 407. The usage of all civilized nations. United States v Arre Don Do (US) 6 Pet 691, 8 L Ed 547. International law in its widest and most comprehensive sense includes not only questions of right between nations, governed by what has been appropriately called the law of nations, but also questions arising under what is generally called private international law, or the conflict of laws, and concerning the rights of persons within the territory and dominion of one nation, by reason of acts, private or public, done within the dominion of another nation. Such was the force accorded the term "jus gentium" by the Roman juris-consults, but today private international law is deemed quite separate and distinct from the law of nations. 30 Am J Rev ed Internat L § 1. See private international law; public international law.
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