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Commitment And Compliance: The Role Of Non-Binding Norms In The International Legal System (Introduction), Dinah L. Shelton Jan 2000

Commitment And Compliance: The Role Of Non-Binding Norms In The International Legal System (Introduction), Dinah L. Shelton

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The introductory chapter of this book describes a study undertaken to determine the extent to which states comply with non-binding legal principles as compared to rules of law and focused on environmental soft law. The leaders of the study provided four factors they predicted would have an effect on compliance with soft law: institutional setting, regional diversity, the type of obligation, and generality and specificity. The chapter next describes the international legal system and its recent expansion, then describes a variety of methods for resolving international issues. Next, the chapter notes a few possible reasons why states prefer to undertake ...