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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which investigates whether global civil society (GCS) actors have created 'norms' of international law benefiting public interests through their participation as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in international lawmaking processes. It examines NGO efforts to influence the prescription and evolution of norms of public international law. The book focuses on contributions GCS actors have made to international lawmaking processes to which States consent as a possible source of the creation of international legal norms. It explores primarily the participation of NGOs as the nearest observable, institutional form of GCS, in various formal lawmaking processes, particularly of the United Nations (UN) system, related institutions and outside the system. The four processes examined are treaty-making, diplomatic conferences, rule-making by inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) and 'autonomous' multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) treaty regimes, and various adjudicatory processes.

Keywords: diplomatic conferences; global civil society (GCS); inter-governmental organizations (IGOs); international lawmaking processes; multilateral environmental agreement (MEA); non-gover nmental organizations (NGOs); treaty-making; United Nations (UN)



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