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Foreword: Progress in International Law?

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At the time author was invited to write this foreword, Columbia Law School was hosting a symposium, organized by our alumnus, Ambassador Eric M. Javits, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As befits the theme of this collection of essays, the focus of that symposium was to celebrate progress achieved through &t;effective multilateralism.&t; At the core of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which now extends to all but a handful of states (North Korea, Syria, Israel, and Egypt being among them), is the conviction that creating and stockpiling these weapons was counterproductive in terms of enhancing the parties' individual or collective military security and presented potentially disastrous environmental consequences. The participants at the Chemical Weapons Symposium in late 2007 echoed most of the assumptions that have characterized international lawyers throughout the 20th century.

Keywords: Chemical Weapons Convention; effective multilateralism; international law; OPCW



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