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The Power and Purpose of International LawInsights from the Theory and Practice of Enforcement$
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Mary Ellen O'Connell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368949

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368949.001.0001

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The Power and Purpose of International Law
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Mary Ellen O'Connell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368949.003.0011

International law supports order in the world and the attainment of humanity's fundamental goals of peace, prosperity, respect for human rights, and protection of the natural environment. These goals can best be realized through international law, which uniquely has the capacity to bind all states no matter how powerful. It is through international law that competing powers and divergent cultures can reach consensus. International law's power is based on acceptance. It is endowed with enforcement capacity and the hope of all humanity.

Keywords:   peace, prosperity, human rights, environment, consensus, cultures, power

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