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Take Heart International Law Comes, Ever Comes the Hon Justice

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In some ways these are sombre times for international law. In his speech to the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University in January 2004, Ambassador John Dauth opened his remarks gloomily. Speaking to a mainly American audience, Professor Ivan Shearer described the growing mood of unilateralism. Between 1993 and 1996 he served as Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Human Rights in Cambodia. The authors suggest that the perception of international law 'as a source of un-Australian, fanciful and chaotic norms' is connected to the politics of Australian fundamentalism. Under delegation from the General Conference of UNESCO, the IBC is preparing a programme for an international response to a range of bioethical concerns going beyond its earlier Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights. The Secretary-General has created a panel that includes Australia's former Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, to propose institutional changes.

Keywords: Australian National University; human genome; IBC; UNESCO



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