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Introduction: Preliminary Considerations

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of how the contents in the book are organized. It discusses the evolution towards a new jus gentium and the temporal dimension in International Law, and foundations of International Law. The book talks about contemporary international law-making, encompassing the formal as well as the material sources of International Law, and subjects of International Law, encompassing States, international organizations, the human person, and humankind. It describes conceptual constructions of the International Law for humankind, and basic considerations of humanity in the corpus juris of International Law, reflecting the humanization of this latter. The chapter presents the construction of the international rule of law, acknowledging the need and quest for international compulsory jurisdiction, and the legacy of the U.N. World Conferences, the codification and progressive development linked to the universalization of International Law in the evolution towards a new jus gentium, the International Law for humankind.

Keywords:humankind; international law; jus gentium; U.N. World Conferences



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