The Role of International Law in Global Governance

Walter F. Baber and Robert V. Bartlett

in The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566600
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The Role of International Law in Global Governance

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International law is a collection of agreements that represent the will and consent of nation-states with respect to the rules that govern their relationships. Treaties are the increasingly predominant form of international law. International law also can be found in international custom. As a system of governance, international law lacks the capacity to grow. The Copenhagen Accord, which is regarded by some as an unmitigated disaster, while some argue that, although the Accord fails to establish the binding carbon emissions targets that were hoped for, it at least creates a new multi-polar order that engages the developed nations whose participation is vital to future progress. Politics and international law seems to have failed to live up to expectations. There are significant commonalities among the chthonic legal traditions that typify the world's many tribal societies. People are global citizens and tribal souls. Therefore, the onus is on the citizens to make up for the failed policies and programs.

Keywords: international law; custom; treaties; Copenhagen Accord; multi-polar order; policies

Article.  6699 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Politics and Law ; International Relations

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