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A Global Community?

ACUNS Annual Meeting, Panel 4, 2006

Posted: 8 Mar 2010  

Otto Spijkers

Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: June 2006


What does the idea of ´Global Community` add to multilateralism? In my view, the idea of ´Global Community` adds two things: first, it may give multilateralism a sense of direction by defining the global values that should guide this cooperation. Secondly, the idea of a ´Global Community` may make clear that those engaging in multilateralism have a shared responsibility and a collective interest, over and above self-interest, to make it work. I will also look at the reality of international relations; there may be an idea, but is there also a practice of ´Global Community`?

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Spijkers, Otto, A Global Community? (June 2006). ACUNS Annual Meeting, Panel 4, 2006. Available at SSRN:

Otto Spijkers (Contact Author)

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht


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