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Shifting Global Powers and International Law

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This book explores the impacts of global economic, political and cultural shifts on various international legal frameworks and legal norms.

The economic growth of states throughout Asia, South and Central America and Africa is having a profound effect on the dynamics of international relations, with a resulting impact on the operation and development of international law. This book examines the influence of emerging economies on international legal rules, institutions and processes. It describes recent and predicted changes in economic, political and cultural powers, flowing from the growth of emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Russia, and analyses the influence of these changes on various legal frameworks and norms. Expert contributors drawn from a variety of fields, including international law, politics, environmental law, human rights, economics and finance, provide a broad analysis of the nature of the shifting global dynamic in its historical and contemporary contexts, and a range of perspectives on the impact of these changes as they relate to specific regimes and issues, including climate change regulation, collective security, indigenous rights, the rights of women and girls, environmental protection and foreign aid and development. The book provides a fresh and comprehensive analysis of an issue with extensive implications for international law and politics.

Shifting Global Powers and International Law will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations; international law; international political economy, human rights; and development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. List of contributors
  8. List of abbreviations
  9. Part I Perspectives on past and future international powers
    1. 1 Introduction
    2. 2 Looking back to anticipate the future: international law in the era of the United States
    3. 3 Dreams and nightmares of alternative powers' futures
    4. 4 The rise of China and its impact on international economic governance
    5. 5 The paradigm shift in the global construct: can a nineteenth-century Aaustralian Constitution cope with twenty-first century chaos?
  10. Part II Impact of emerging economies on international legal frameworks
    1. 6 The BRICS and the responsibility to protect in Libya and Syria
    2. 7 The role of the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute in international criminal justice standard setting: some reflections
    3. 8 The rise of the BASIC group within the international climate regime: the challenge of ensuring equitable mitigation obligations
    4. 9 Shifting global power and trade in education services: opportunities and challenges for ‘education for sustainable development’
    5. 10 Shifting global power and shifting state power: DRIP, BRICs and CANZUS
  11. Part III Human rights norms and protections: turning points and evolution
    1. 11 A civil libertarian's lament for a lost decade of human rights
    2. 12 Environmental constitutional reform in the developing world: shifting the perspective of international law?
    3. 13 Legal, cultural and practical developments in responding to female genital mutilation: can an absolute human right emerge?
    4. 14 The shift towards emerging economy financing of development projects: implications for human rights standards
  12. Index