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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which derives from the General Course on Public International Law that the author delivered at the Hague Academy of International Law, in July-August 2005. To deliver such a General Course constitutes indeed the greatest honour that can be given to a scholar of International Law, and represents the culmination of an academic life devoted to research and teaching on the discipline. On the basis of the international experience accumulated to date, the international community cannot prescind from universal values. There is an ineluctable feeling of injustice escaping from an international legal system which is unable to provide answers to the pressing needs of protection to whole segments of the world population and to millions of vulnerable and defenceless human beings.

Keywords: international community; public international law; Hague Academy of International Law



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