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The Prospects of Common Concern of Humankind in International Law

Edited by: Thomas Cottier, Zaker Ahmad

ISBN13: 9781108840088
To be Published: May 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

The Common Concern of Humankind today is central to efforts to bring about enhanced international cooperation in fields including, but not limited to, climate change. This book explores the expression's potential as a future legal principle. It sets out the origins of Common Concern, its differences to other common interest legal principles, and expounds the potential normative structure and effects of the principle, applying an approach of carrots and sticks in realizing goals defined as a Common Concern. Individual chapters test the principle in different legal fields, including climate technology diffusion, marine plastic pollution, human rights enforcement, economic inequality, migration, and monetary and financial stability. They confirm that basic obligations under the principle of 'Common Concern of Humankind' comprise not only that of international cooperation and duties to negotiate, but also of unilateral duties to act to enhance the potential of public international law to produce appropriate public goods.

  • Compiles the history of origin, evolution and relevant literature on the notion of the Common Concern of Humankind
  • Presents a forward looking doctrine of Common Concern of Humankind and expert assessments thereupon
  • Includes an array of case studies that put the doctrine into practice in different areas of international law

Public International Law
List of figures
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Part I. Theory:
1. The principle of common concern of humankind - Thomas Cottier
Part II. Case Studies:
2. Trade-related measures to spread low carbon technologies: a common concern based approach - Zaker Ahmad
3. Marine plastic pollution as a common concern of humankind - Judith Schäli
4. Exploring the recognition of new common concerns of humankind: the example of the distribution of income and wealth within states - Alexander Beyleveld
5. Reshaping the law of economic sanctions for human rights enforcement: the potential of common concern of humankind - Iryna Bogdanova
6. Migration as a common concern of humankind - Thomas Cottier and Rosa Maria Losada
7. International monetary stability as a common concern of humankind - Lucia Satragno
8. Financial stability as a common concern of humankind - Federico Lupo-Pasini
Part III. Epilogue:
9. Comments: The doctrinal approach of common concern - Peter-Tobias Stoll, Duncan French and Oisin Suttle
10. Comments: Extraterritoriality and common concern - Cedric Ryngaert, Claus Zimmermann and Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer