World Order: Effectiveness of the Law for Justice for Individuals, Society, and the Nation State

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Evaluate the effectiveness of the law relating to world order in achieving justice for individuals, justice for society and justice for the nation state.

World order is a term that to the balance among nation of the world. The need for world order has changed as the balance of power changes, as a result of differences between nations, the aspiration for territory or power, conflicts follow therefore resulting in a change in the balance of power. At the build up to the Gulf War, President George Bush Snr. called for a ‘new world order’ to replace the hostile world order of the Cold War. This world order was no longer simply divided in two; it was to be ‘a world order where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle, a world where the strong respect the rights of the weak’. The effectiveness of the law in achieving justice for individuals, society and nation-states in relation to world order has been predominantly ineffective in achieving justice.

One of the utmost criticisms of the international law has been its focus on nation states. Article 34(1) of the Statue of the International court of Justice (ICJ) explicitly states that only nation states may be parties in cases of the ICJ, and there is virtually no provision for individuals to use international law in order to achieve justice. The wording of the article has also attracted much attention as it also excludes the organizations such as the International Red Cross access to the ICJ in helping to achieve world order. The ICJ consists of 15 judges elected for a 9 year term by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. The work of the Court has had to reflect the main forms of civilisation and the principal legal system of the world. An ineffectiveness of the ICJ is that a nation cannot be compelled to appear before the court therefore its enforceability and accessibility is limited.

However the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice for the individual includes the establishment of...
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