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This year, three different time frames appear to commend themselves for our treatment of international legal developments of considerable importance and far-reaching consequences. The first covers the legal developments in the year 1997-1998. The second embraces continuing growth and progress made in the international legal fields within the United Nations Decade of International Law, that is from the year 1990 until today. The third and last is the half-century mark, dating back to 194 7-1948.


Presentation given at the Seventh Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law - Eighth Annual Fulbright Symposium on International Legal Problems: Recent Developments in the Regulation of World Trade, International Dispute Resolution, Human Rights and Environmental Protection in Global and Comparative National Perspectives; held at Golden Gate University School of Law, March 20, 1998.