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Civilization And World Order: The Relevance Of The Civilizational Paradigm In Contemporary International Law

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In the era of global bipolarity - during the Cold War - the norm of non-interference was one of the fundamental principles of the international order. In a marked departure from the paradigm of co-existence as the basic norm of the international order, the post-Cold War period has witnessed a steady erosion of the principle of non-interference, implying its subordination to the interests of an increasingly self-assured hegemonial power. Accordingly, international relations in the era of global unipolarity have brought about a profound change in the understanding of international law as such. This chapter briefly deals with the international law aspect of civilizational dialogue insofar as it helps us to situate the Secretary-General's initiative within the framework of norms incorporated by the Charter of the United Nations Organization. The "civilizational paradigm" takes its legitimate place in the international law doctrine of the 21st century.

Keywords: civilizational paradigm; Cold War; global bipolarity; global unipolarity; hegemonial power; international law; international order



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