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Ulrich Fastenrath, Rudolf Geiger, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Andreas Paulus, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Christoph Vedder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.001.0001

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Multi-Stakeholderism in the Development of International Law

Multi-Stakeholderism in the Development of International Law

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(p.201) Multi-Stakeholderism in the Development of International Law
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From Bilateralism to Community Interest
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Wolfgang Benedek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0015

This chapter is concerned with the role of multi-stakeholderism in the development of international law, which is an increasingly important phenomenon due to globalization, the growing role of non-State actors, and the emergence of a global civil society which claims to pursue community interests. The main focus of the multistakeholder approach lies with ensuring more inclusive structures of governance. In some fields, such as human rights, environmental law, and the law of the information society, it is more advanced than in other normative fields, such as international economic affairs. Multi-stakeholderism allows for the building and the expression of community interests and thus also provides orientation and important preparatory work for the inter-governmental process. The involvement of all relevant stakeholders strengthens the effectiveness of law — creating processes and the subsequent implementation of the law.

Keywords:   international law, non-state actors, globalization, multi-stakeholderism, information society

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