A Comment on the Clean Hands Doctrine in International Law
Article from: TDM 1 (2011), in International Law
Equitable principles are a part of international law. The International Court of Justice ("ICJ") has confirmed that "the legal concept of equity is a general principle directly applicable as law." Among those equitable principles that international tribunals have applied is the concept that a claimant's claims may be barred due to its illegal conduct in relation to the claims he brings. This concept is known as the "clean hands doctrine." As Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice has summarized: 'He who comes to equity for relief must come with clean hands'. Thus a State which ...