Responding to New Needs through Codification and Progressive Development
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I have been assigned the formidable honour of presenting a “keynote address” on the general theme of this Forum, “Multilateral Treaty-Making”. This is, indeed, formidable since this theme is not only extremely vast but already largely explored — if only by the two quite stimulating colloquiums organized on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the International Law Commission in New York in October 19971 and in Geneva in April 1998.2 The danger then is that I am afraid that I will not be able to escape the commonplace and platitudes — although this may be what is expected in a “keynote address”.
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