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Ulrich Fastenrath, Rudolf Geiger, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Andreas Paulus, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Christoph Vedder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.001.0001

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The Concept of ‘International Community’ in International Law and the Developing Countries

The Concept of ‘International Community’ in International Law and the Developing Countries

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(p.326) The Concept of ‘International Community’ in International Law and the Developing Countries
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From Bilateralism to Community Interest
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Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0023

With the establishment of the United Nations (UN) in 1945 a new reality for the international community came into being that had never existed before. It eradicated colonialism and brought a large number of newly independent States to join the UN as members with the result that the membership of the UN, established in 1945 with fifty-one original members, now stands at 192. It is to the credit of the developing countries that the concept of the international community has acquired the significance it has today. Given their diversity and commitment to the international process, they brought the necessary universality to UN membership and common purpose not only to the UN, which is the single most universal organization of its kind, but also to the growing number of international institutions.

Keywords:   international law, international community, developing countries, colonialism, United Nations

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