This refreshingly optimistic discourse argues that the progressive development of international law has brought about an underlying code of ethics that enjoys broad support in the world community. By focusing on declarations and legal instruments since the First World War, rather than actual state behavior, Jones has somewhat stacked her case. Nevertheless she is correct that international standards-such as the sovereign equality of states, self-determination, nonintervention and respect for human rights-are now universally accepted. Two new principles-an equitable international economic order and protection of the environment-are seen as now having broad but not yet universal agreement.
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