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The United Nations and theFuture of International Law

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Unless the United Nations (UN) can help uphold the international rule of law it will have no future. Sadly, in recent times, the very core of the international rule of law has come under severe strains that have rocked the world organization. The UN can only address new threats and challenges within the framework of the law. The strategic centrality of international law for the success of the UN idea has not been sufficiently recognized by those setting course for the future of the world organization and its role in contributing to international security. This chapter explores the challenges of the UN in shaping the future roles and effectiveness of international law. It argues that the time is overdue for the UN to establish a high level commission on the effectiveness and future of international law. The chapter also looks at the crises of contemporary international law.

Keywords: international law; international security; United Nations (UN); world organization



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