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The Evolving Role of Treaties in International Law

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The state of international organization is in permanent progression and development. This dynamism is particularly reflected in the body of international treaty law. This chapter explores whether Harvard Professor Manley O. Hudson's enthusiasm has any basis today. It considers the problems, both new and old, this process of codification faces and whether there are other sources of international law more appropriate for the needs of the international community. Continued progress in international organization requires an effective and general legal regime that is not only universal but also quick to respond to new challenges; a regime marked by clarity and uniformity, as well as by flexibility and adaptability. The obstacles posed by the formal adaptation or amendment of treaties may more easily be overcome by treaty interpretation, a process at the borderline between concretization and adaptation of law.

Keywords: international community; international organization; international treaty law; legal regime



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