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The Role Of International Law In The World Today And Tomorrow

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The author details his views regarding the peaceful settlement of disputes following the application of the Law of the Sea Convention. If the question is whether the international community and the rule of law are better served by this system than by no system at all or by an optional protocol as in 1958, the answer is a resounding yes. It was recognized early in the negotiations that the complex text drafted by the Conference would lack stability, certainty and predictability if the parties to the Convention retained the right of unilateral interpretation. In the author's view, while in certain respects the Convention and more particularly its dispute settlement system is not fully satisfactory, not fully streamlined and not always logical or fair, the author believes the net result is, on balance, constructive and a significant achievement in multilateral lawmaking. As such it deserves general support.

Keywords:Convention; disputes; law; ocean conflicts; peaceful settlement; United Nations



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