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The International Law Commission Facing the Second Decade of the Twenty-first Century

Georg Nolte

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/9780199588817.003.0049
The International Law Commission Facing the Second Decade of the Twenty-first Century

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This chapter argues that even if the historical preconditions for the success of the ILC in the 20th century have not disappeared but only changed somewhat, the question arises whether this is a sufficient basis for being confident that the ILC can make a difference in the future. Of course, the answer to this question depends on how we anticipate the world will look like and develop in the foreseeable future, and what the world will then require. The history of the ILC seems to demonstrate that its success, or lack of success, depends not only on the intrinsic quality of its work, but also on the more or less favourable political context of the times. And, so far, this context seems to have changed about every decade.

Keywords: ILC; international law; political context

Chapter.  6470 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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