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Edward McWhinney on Peaceful Coexistence and Contemporary International Law
3 Sep 2008 -  Mr. Edward McWhinney, Professor of International Law, Past President, Institut de Droit International

"Peaceful Coexistence and Contemporary International Law"
The juridical "great debate" of the Cold War era between jurists from the two rival political-military blocs, Soviet and Western, over the Soviet call for an immediate drafting and adoption of a Code of International Law Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, may have lessons to offer for other historical eras characterized by competing political-ideological systems or colliding civilizations, in its deliberate de-ideologising of the agenda and process of inter-bloc discussions and negotiations in favour of more consciously pragmatic, empirically-based and problem-oriented approaches to resolving concrete and immediate tension-issues between the two blocs.