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Multi-Stakeholderism in the Development of International Law

Wolfgang Benedek

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0015
Multi-Stakeholderism in the Development of International Law

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This chapter is concerned with the role of multi-stakeholderism in the development of international law, which is an increasingly important phenomenon due to globalization, the growing role of non-State actors, and the emergence of a global civil society which claims to pursue community interests. The main focus of the multistakeholder approach lies with ensuring more inclusive structures of governance. In some fields, such as human rights, environmental law, and the law of the information society, it is more advanced than in other normative fields, such as international economic affairs. Multi-stakeholderism allows for the building and the expression of community interests and thus also provides orientation and important preparatory work for the inter-governmental process. The involvement of all relevant stakeholders strengthens the effectiveness of law — creating processes and the subsequent implementation of the law.

Keywords: international law; non-state actors; globalization; multi-stakeholderism; information society

Chapter.  4462 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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