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United Nations Law Making
United Nations Law Making
By Edward McWhinney
Holmes & Meier/Paris: UNESCO, 1984, 274 pp

At this stage of transition in international relations the old "classical" international law of European origin is being subjected to review, adaptation or rejection as governments proclaim new principles or grope their way toward a new consensus. Professor McWhinney, a Canadian jurist with United Nations experience, defines the problems and traces the process as U.N. bodies, goaded by new Third World members, have undertaken to write the codes for "a new international order." He sees this demonstration of lawmaking opportunities and accomplishments, including those decided by votes in the General Assembly, as an irreversible constitutional trend providing an optimistic vision of the world community of the future. Thus the book, though primarily a treatise for lawyers, has a political slant (some would say bias) and a political message.