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Objective: evolving an international legal framework for the practice of responsibility

The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has triggered off, over the past 60 years, a transformation process of the global legal system. Because of the growing interdependencies between countries and between humankind and the biosphere, the principle of responsibility will necessarily be central to the reviewing of the global legal system in the twenty-first century. Whether in the realm of climate change, health, international trade, financial markets, or the activity of transnational corporations, the change of scale in the impact of human activities on the planet and on societies induces also a change of scale and of nature of responsibility and accountability. The gap that has developed between the magnitude of global interdependences and the state of international law necessitates in-depth study and exchange between academics and practitioners in the field of international law on the question how an international legal framework for the practice of responsibility can evolve.

Published on: 18 May 2011
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