Commitment and Compliance: The Role of Non-binding Norms in the International Legal System

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Dinah Shelton
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Law - 560 pages
Commitment and Compliance is the first book to evaluate the impact of state behavior of international norms adopted in forms that are not legally binding. The use of such `soft law' has increased dramatically with the proliferation of international organizations. Whether and how such norms can
be used effectively to supplement or substitute for legally binding obligations forms the heart of this discussion.
 

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Contents

Law NonLaw and the Problem of Soft Law
1
THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM
19
Compliance Theories
43
Helping Nations Cooperate
65
Challenges to the International Legal System
75
Compliance with International Soft Law
115
The Environment and Natural Resources
121
The Legal Status and Effect of Antarctic Recommended
163
Environmental Norms in the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation
303
Compliance with NonBinding Norms of Trade
330
Human Rights
345
Recommendations and Similar
372
InterAmerican Human Rights Law Soft and Hard
393
Multilateral Arms Control
465
Protection of Nuclear Materials
486
International Regulation of Land Mines
505

Selected Agreements Concluded Pursuant to the Convention on
196
Commentary and Conclusions
223
Trade and Finance
243
The International
263
The World Bank Operational
281
Commentary
521
Understanding Compliance with Soft Law
535
The Role of Nonbinding Norms
554
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Dinah Shelton is Professor of International Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, USA.

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