100 Ways International Law Shapes Our Lives

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, the American Society of International Law has identified 100 very concrete and specific ways in which international law affects each one of us in daily life. The organization is American, but most examples apply to Canada as well.

“We did endeavor to identify ways in a range of contexts, from daily life, to leisure and travel, to commerce, to health and the environment, personal liberty, and public safety and situations of armed conflict. Some ways are of relatively recent vintage, while others are long-standing…”

“In addition to the individual experts and members who suggested ways, sources used to find or confirm ways included: EISIL, the Society’s Electronic Information System for International Law (www.eisil.org); the Encyclopedia of Public International Law, by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, under the direction of Rudolf Bernhardt; the UN publication, ‘Sixty Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference,’ and the respective UN, international, or government institutions with responsibility for the international law, agreement, or activity described.”

The 100 ways are here.


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