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16. Variations on the Theme of‘ Soft International Law’

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The entire professional life of Gerhard Hafner has been and still is inseparably linked to the recent history of codification and progressive development of international law. Gerhard Hafner's extraordinary contribution to the codification and progressive development of international law and his highly pro-active role as a member of the International Law Commission (ILC) have highlighted the value of this long-standing Austrian practice. Following from this and other positive experiences, one may conclude that academics, closely associated with the legal advisers' offices while fully making use of their academic freedom, creativity and research resources, seem to be the type of persons that can and should continue to fuel the engine of the ILC-related codification process.

Keywords: Austrian approach; codification process; Gerhard Hafner; International Law Commission (ILC); international rule of law; United Nations



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