Project 2100—Is the International Legal Order Fit for Purpose?
Author: Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC
It is in the darkest moments that we must ask the hardest questions and peer through the gloom in an attempt to see the light. The events to the east of us raise stark questions—about the current world order; about the place and effectiveness of the United Nations; about what the U.S. long-term assessment of global trends has called “a more contested world”. We have become used to talking about the international legal system, about the rules-based international order. But we are increasingly confronted with the sense that what we have is only an international order; a rules-based international system—the…