Albany, NY asked in International Law for New York

Q: Are there a specific set of laws that are followed throughout the world or do countries just make their own laws without

regard for laws in other countries?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Generally, countries make their own laws. Their laws apply within their borders and they don’t ordinarily worry about their laws not being identical to those of other countries. However, countries may honor the laws of other countries. Countries may also enter into international treaties, where they agree with other countries as to how certain activities will be governed. Additionally, in some areas, such as aviation or maritime, countries can agree to follow certain conventions or protocols the world over in the interest of maintaining uniformity in an industry.

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