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Edward McWhinney on Multiculturalism and Contemporary International Law
18 Mar 2008 -  "Mr. Edward McWhinney, Professor of International Law, Past President, Institut de Droit International

"Multiculturalism and Contemporary International Law Making"
The United Nations organisation as founded in 1945 was the creation of a numerically limited, special legal community, the members of the soon-to-be-victorious Wartime Alliance against Fascism. Tthe enemy States and also neutral States had been deliberately excluded, as also, of course, were the not yet decolonised overseas European territories in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Today the United Nations has expanded to just under 200 Member-States and is thus more nearly representative, in its main institutions and decision-making arenas and processes, of the plural, multi-cultural international society in which we all live today. The challenge for international lawyers today, in an historical era of competing ideologies and colliding civilisations, is to ensure that the corpus of Classical International Law— the historical legacy of the post-Westphalia Western Nation-States founded on the rise of commerce and on trade and territorial expansion overseas— is progressively developed and expanded, in accord with the UN Charter mandate, so as to more fully and more fairly reflect, in its substantive principles and rules, the new political reality of the new pluralism of the contemporary World Community.