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Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Andrea Bianchi, 4 December 2017

Watch the video of the lecture "The Unbearable Lightness of International Law" here.

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Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Angelika Nußberger, 30 November 2017

Watch the video of the lecture "From high hopes to disillusionment? Human rights protection in Europe in an ever more hostile environment." here.

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Post on Voelkerrechtsblog.org about the KFG Workshop “Decline or Transformation? Norm Change and Values in International Law”

“Can we detect paradigmatic shifts when we see them?”, Simon Blätgen’s observations from the KFG Workshop “Decline or Transformation? Norm Change and Values in International Law”, have been published on Voelkerrechtsblog.org.

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KFG Working Paper Series No. 9

The Rule of Law in the 2030 Agenda Law: Rise or Decline?

Noora Arajärvi - Download PDF PDF

Abstract

The rule of law is the cornerstone of the international legal system. This paper shows, through analysis of intergovernmental instruments, statements made by representatives of States, and negotiation records, that the rule of law at the United Nations has become increasingly contested in the past years. More precisely, the argument builds on the process of integrating the notion of the rule of law into the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September 2015 in the document Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main sections set out the background of the rule of law debate at the UN, the elements of the rule of law at the goal- and target levels in the 2030 Agenda – especially in the SDG 16 –, and evaluate whether the rule of law in this context may be viewed as a normative and universal foundation of international law. The paper concludes, with reflections drawn from the process leading up to the 2030 Agenda and the final outcome document that the rule of law – or at least strong and precise formulations of the concept – may be in decline in institutional and normative settings. This can be perceived as symptomatic of a broader crisis of the international legal order.


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