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9 Contemporary World Order in Profile

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The 19th century has been examined in considerable detail in this chapter. Riddled with contradictions, the years between 1815 and 1905 can be evaluated in many different ways, even from the chosen perspective of world order. Classical international law was a system of formal rules that very nearly excluded considerations of justice and political reality, just as it discouraged reference to economic, cultural and religious diversity. The years since 1905 have been a period of remarkable growth for the classical system, and for the neo-classical institutions introduced in the years between 1919 and 1950, such as the League and UN versions of the World Court and the International Law Commission entrusted with the codification and progressive development of international law. This chapter focuses on profile of the principal world order events, trends and ideas of our most immediate past.

Keywords:international law; International Law Commission; justice; UN; World Court; world order



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