While international law is defined
as the law between nations, domestic law is the law that exists within one
particular nation. 1 The
primary subjects of international law are nation-states on one global platform.
International law itself is divided into conflict of laws and public
international law. 2 The
domestic law compromises the law governing the behavior and conduct of
individuals and organizations within a country or state. The domestic law
includes local laws and rules and comes from legislature and customs, whereas
international law consists of treaties and customs. 3
The major difference between international and domestic law is how these laws
are enforced. Unlike international law, those who violate domestic law receive
a punishment based on the severity of the crime, decided by a court executive. 4 International
law is more of a slap on the wrist.