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The International Legal System in Quest of Equity and Universality/L'orde Juridique International, Un Systeme En Quete D'equite Et D'universalite

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ISBN13: 9789041115829
ISBN: 904111582X
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £284.00



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Georges Abi-Saab began his writing and teaching at a time when the process of decolonization, and thereafter the quest for emancipation, began to make its far-reaching impact on the international scene, producing significant changes in the international environment, both quantitatively in increasing the number of nation-States and qualitatively in changing patterns of interests and claims. This was bound to result in new pressures on the international legal system itself and in a questioning of the traditional Eurocentric content of international law. In his work and teaching Professor Abi-Saab viewed the dynamics of international law as a function of two driving forces: the emergence of the third world and the sense of injustice. In his view, the first driving force - the emergence of the third world - raised the problem of exclusion: exclusion from participation in the elaboration of international law and the decision-making process, and exclusion as beneficiaries of the resulting rules of international law.;At the same time, this new force introduced diversity into the international scene, reflecting the richness of the international community in its different facets. This process remains relevant today, reflecting the contemporary problem of exclusion of new actors as well as their quest for participation. The second driving force - the sense of injustice - posed a teleological problem for him , that of defining community values in order that they capture the different facets of justice, whether formal or distributive. So long as there is no effective organic structure, international law in his view will continue to remain effectiveness-oriented, reflecting rather than impacting on the structures of power. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that there is an on-going process of development of community values and interests; as Georges Abi-Saab wrote with reference to international crimes: ""law, like all social phenomena, is a continous unfolding, a continous process of elaboration"". He has also considered that the dynamics of the international legal process itself can be captured from the perspective of international organizations as vehicles for change in the international system. From;In his early writings, Georges Abi-Saab approached the United Nations Charter as a blueprint - both normative and institutional - for a certain type of international society. International institutions with all their imperfections, continue for him to be the means of realization of the law of co-operation which lies at the heart of his concept of the international system. The themes selected for this volume in honour of Professor Georges Abi-Saab are intended to reflect his unique and pioneering contribution to the field of international law. The contributors are drawn from what he has always considered to be his large ""family"" of former students: in his 40 years of teaching, Georges Abi-Saab has acted as mentor to generations of students from all over the world who have benefited from his vision, insights, originality and creative and stimulating use of language. The contributors also include colleagues and friends who share a similar vision of the international legal system.

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Contents:
Introduction. Foreword; V. Gowlland-Debbas, L. Boisson de Chazournes. Portrait de Georges Abi-Saab; L. Boisson de Chazournes. Libre parcours a travers la richesse d'un oeuvre: Notes de lecture sur les travaux de Georges Abi-Saab; P.-M. Dupuy. I: Georges Abi-Saab and the Concept of an International Legal System. Georges Abi-Saab et la Conceptualisation de l'Ordre Juridique International. Propos sur la fecondite du paradigme systemique en droit international a la lumiere de la theorie de Georges Abi-Saab; E. Wyler. L'enlacement du droit international (a propos du Cours general de droit international public de Georges Abi-Saab): quelques reflexions prospectives; J.-M. Sorel. System-Building with Social Consciousness: The Contribution of Georges Abi-Saab; B. Simma. II: Foundations of the International Legal System: The Quest for Expansion. Les Fondations de l'Ordre Juridique International: Un Systeme en Quete d'Elargissement. The Idea of Justice in the Works of Early Scholars of International Law; E. Roucounas. Etat, Cultures, et mondialisation; Y.B. Achour. Manifeste pour le droit international du XXIe siecle; M. Kohen. La souverainete, un concept depasse a l'heure de la mondialisation?; C.-A. Morand. Humanitarian Intervention after Kosovo; R. Falk. Ethics, Law and Unethical Compassion in the Kosovo Intervention; D. Warner. Reflexions sur le `droit d'ingerence humanitaire'; H. Thierry. Non-Binding Agreements in International Law; M.M. Gomaa. Sociabilite et droit du commerce international; J.-M. Jacquet. Alternatives to Cash in International Law and Practice; N. Nassar. La codification du droit de la responsabilite internationale: tatonnements et affrontements; A. Pellet. Les obligations quantitatives et l'illiceite; J. Salmon.
5 Additional Chapters. III: Promoting Values in the International Legal System: The Quest for Humanization. La Promotion des Valeurs dans l'Ordre Juridique International: Un Systeme en Quete d'Humnisation. Crimes Against Humanity: Comments on Some Problematical Aspects; A. Cassese. A UN Constabulary to Enforce the Law on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity; S. Mendlovitz, J. Fousek. Remarques politico-historiques sur l'etiologie des guerres civiles; V.Y. Ghebali. Le droit humanitaire et les troubles internes; R. Abi-Saab. Le progres du droit international humanitaire et la circulaire du Secretaire General des Nations Unies du 6 aout 1999; L. Condorelli. La Palestine et les Conventions de Geneve du 12 aout 1949 ou l'histoire d'une adhesion avortee; F. Ouguergouz. IV: The Judicial Function in the International Legal System: The Quest for Justice. La Fonction Judiciaire dans l'Ordre Juridique International: Un Systeme en Quete de Justice. The Concept of `the State': Variable Geometry and Dualist Perceptions; R. Higgins. L'opportunite dans les decisions de la Cour Internationale de Justice; M. Bedjaoui. Provisional Measures in Disputes Between African States Before the International Court of Justice; A.G. Koroma. Nouveaux aspects