Commitment and Compliance : The Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System

Professor of Law Dinah Shelton
Oxford University Press (UK)

Commitment and Compliance is the first book to evaluate the impact of state behavior of international norms adopted in forms that are not legally binding. The use of such `soft law' has increased dramatically.

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with the proliferation of international organizations. Whether and how such norms can be used effectively to supplement or substitute for legally binding obligations forms the heart of this discussion.