An international agreement, as a source of international law, indicates an area of international obligations, and the assent of a state to be bound by its resolutions is expressed through ratification, confirmation, acceptance and signing. The place of the international convention in the internal legal order of the state is defined by the Constitution of the Polish Republic of I 997. A second path is to apply the legislative technique of the Polish Maritime Code of 1961. The Constitution establishes that a ratified international agreement, after its announcement in the Dziennik Ustaw (Legislative Diary), is a part of the national legal order and is applied directly, unless its application is dependent on the promulgation of a law. An international agreement, ratified by previous acceptance expressed in a law, has precedence over the law, if the law cannot be reconciled with the agreement. The Maritime Code of 1961 establishes that its regulations are not applied if an international agreement to which the Polish Republic is a party determines otherwise. The above bears witness to the general acceptance of the principle of the priority of international agreements over national law. The article contains a listing of the state of ratification of international "maritime" conventions up to 31 July 2000.
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