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Custom (law)In law, custom, or customary law consists of established patterns of behaviour that can be objectively verified within a particular social setting. The modern codification of civil law developed out of the customs, or coūtumes of the middle ages, expressions of law that developed in particular communities and slowly collected and written down by local jurists. Such customs having the force of law when they because the undisputed rule by which certain entitlements (rights) or obligations were regulated between members of a community. The Custom of Paris, which was the customary law that was recognized within the city of Paris was the basis for the Civil Code of Lower Canada.
In international law, customary law refers to the Law of Nations or the legal norms that have developed through the customary exchanges between states over time, whether based on diplomacy or aggression. Essentially, legal obligations are believed to arise between states to carry out their affairs consistently with past accepted conduct. These customs can also change based on the acceptance or rejection by states of particular acts.
See also Consuetudinary.
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