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The Undesirability of Soft Law

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This article investigates some of the drawbacks of the notion of soft law, with special reference to the European Union context. The author argues that soft law, useful as it may seem at first sight, is conceptually awkward, and in particular when emanating from administrative authorities may give rise to some undesirable consequences.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of International Law, University of Helsinki


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