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International law may be defined as the body of rules and principles of actions which are binding upon civilized states in their relations with one another.' International society exists when a group of states, conscious of certain common interests and values form a society in the sense that they conceive themselves to be bound by a common set of rules in their relations with one another. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of international law in international society, in which that law operates, to find out the linkage between international law and relations of nations which that law orders and to look into the relationship between international law and national interest which that law furthers. Forces and factors responsible for law observance and violation of law including the case study of American attack on Iraq which constitute the gross violation of international law, will also be examined.