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Commitment and ComplianceThe Role of Non-binding Norms in the International Legal System$
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Dinah Shelton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270989.001.0001

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Introduction: Law, Non-Law and the Problem of ‘Soft Law’

Introduction: Law, Non-Law and the Problem of ‘Soft Law’

(p.1) Introduction: Law, Non-Law and the Problem of ‘Soft Law’
Commitment and Compliance

Dinah Shelton

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets forth a framework for the present study, beginning with a discussion of the traditional characteristics of international law. It then looks at recent changes in the international system and the difficulties they pose for resolving problems through traditional international law-making, leading to a discussion of the role of law and the rule of law generally, including the importance of compliance. It suggests several hypotheses about the reasons states have recourse to non-binding norms and what may be expected from a study of compliance with them.

Keywords:   international law, international legal system, law-making, rule of law, compliance

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