Concluding Remarks

Part of the Nijhoff Law Specials book series (Nijhoff Law Specials)


Two years ago, the title of our first joint Geneva Forum was “The Proliferation of International Tribunals”. But its real theme and subject of debate was the impact of such proliferation on the unity and coherence of the international legal system and how to preserve them in spite of the continuing demand for specialized jurisdictions in response to the growing complexity of, and diversification of needs within, the international environment. This is not without recalling the subjectmatter of today’s Forum, which is another variation on the theme of unity and diversity in international law, namely how can we develop international law in response to the increasing complexity and diversity of international life, while preserving its central unity and what is the role of multilateral treaties in this process.


Legal Regulation Legislative Process International Tribunal Central Unity Internal Legislation 
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    For the origins and history of multilateral treaties, see Manfred Lachs, “Le développement et les fonctions des traités multilatéraux” (1957-II) 92 Recueil des cours,p. 229; Paul Guggenhaim, “Contribution à l’histoire des sources du droit des gens” (1958-II) 94 Recueil des cours,p. 1 at 70 ff.Google Scholar
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    Georges Abi-Saab, „Cours général de droit international public“(1987-VII) 207 Recueil des cours, p. 179.Google Scholar

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