New to the Fifth EditionThe nexus between international law and international organizations is explored to show how they complement and influence each other. Each issue chapter highlights the relevant treaties, norms, and customs, and interprets the impact of international law on the politics of the issue. Not only does this book cover international and human security concerns but it now looks at the growing danger posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, with special emphasis on the spread of nuclear weapon technology. A new in-depth case study on Iran explores Iran’s quest for nuclear technology against the backdrop of its legal duties and obligations under Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT). The case also examines the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in managing the use of nuclear technology and energy. An updated analysis of global climate change is provided to explain the political outcomes of the 2009 Copenhagen Conference. An exploration of international criminal law with special reference to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Every chapter includes the most recent political events, scholarship, and data, especially as it relates to the impact of the global financial crisis on trade and development.
There are 30 such conferences to compare, and many argue that they have not been worth the money spent on them. Others, however, suggest that they offer the only effective way to address global problems, like racism, sexism, overpopulation, environmental degradation, overfishing, urbanization, and the proliferation of small arms.
This is the first comprehensive study of this key topic, delivering information essential to the ongoing debate on multilateralism, with examinations of:
* the typical structure of a conference
* description of the Global Conferences
* substantive and institutional outcomes of the conferences
* changes resulting from the conferences
* UN Conferences as mechanisms for coping with the problems of the 21st Century
This book is essential reading for students of the United Nations, international organisation and global governance, as well as practitioners from non-governmental organizations.
Timely, provocative and original, this book is a major contribution to international political economy and is essential reading for all students and academics in the field.