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Commitment and Compliance

Edited by Dinah Shelton

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199270989
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270989.001.0001

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Commitment and Compliance

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This book evaluates the impact on state behaviour of international norms adopted in forms that are not legally binding. The use of such ‘soft law’ has increased dramatically with the proliferation of international organizations. Whether and how such norms can be used effectively to supplement or substitute for legally binding obligations forms the heart of this discussion. The study examines four areas of international law: human rights, the environment, arms control, and trade and finance. For each area, they assess the use of non-binding norms and ask whether such norms engender state compliance. More generally, the discussion also addresses the nature of international law and the role of non-binding norms in the international legal system.

Keywords: non-binding norms; international legal system; state behaviour; international norms; soft law; international organizations; legally binding obligations; human rights; arms control; state compliance

Book.  588 pages. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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The Environment and Natural Resources in Commitment and Compliance

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Human Rights in Commitment and Compliance

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