Non Liquet Law and Legal Definition

Non liquet is a Latin phrase which means “it is not clear.” Non liquet is a situation where there is no applicable law. To be specific, the court comes into the conclusion that the situation in a particular case has no answer from the governing system of law. This is of particular relevance to international law since international courts cannot invent law to redress some situations. Lacuna is a similar word which means gap, and is used to indicate a gap in the law.