Necessity knows no law

Necessity knows no law.

Prov. If you are desperate, you may have to do illegal things. I'm an honest person by nature, but I lost my job, and my kids needed food and clothes, and it seemed like the best way to get money was to deal in illegal drugs. Necessity knows no law.
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Necessity knows no law, it is said; and indeed to invoke necessity is to step outside the law.
International law] rejects the idea that necessity knows no law.
In the context of the British intervention in Egypt in 1956 in connection with the Suez Crisis, the then legal advisor to the British Foreign Office and member of the ILC, later Judge at the ICJ, Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice described the doctrine of so-called necessity as a "rather back-handed doctrine, since it is founded on the maxim that necessity knows no law, but one to which international law does, nevertheless, within pretty stringent limits, afford recognition.
Today, after the work of the ILC and the endorsement of the ICJ, it is fair to echo Schachter's observation that international law rejects the idea that necessity knows no law.