International Person Law and Legal Definition

International person means an individual who has a legal personality in international law. The concept of international person is derived from international law. It means a person who is subject to international law. S/he has the powers established in international law, enjoys rights, duties, and powers established in international law, and has the ability to act on the international plane.

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 621 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010), the court observed that “An international person is one who possesses legal personality in international law, meaning one who is a subject of international law so as itself to enjoy rights, duties or powers established in international law, and, generally, the capacity to act on the international plane. International law does not leave to individual States the responsibility of defining those subjects. Rather, the concept of international person is derived from international law. Individuals and private juridical entities can have any status, capacity, rights, or duties given them by international law or agreement.”