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Abstract

[extract] The problems that really impede the legislative process are mainly two. Firstly there is a lack of consensus on vital issues that ought to be regulated by legal rules. This is a reflection of the prevailing political and economic climate and of the absence of any acceptance of a common ’community interest’ on these issues. The remedy for this obviously lies outside the law or legal techniques. But if this consensus is to emerge this will most likely be through the plenary assemblies, so that the existing legal machinery or techniques will certainly aid the development of such a consensus. Secondly, and most importantly, international society, even in areas where rules have been agreed, lacks machinery for making these rules truly effective.

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