India wants world to foster international law, says Vice President Ansari

February 2nd, 2009 - 4:08 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 2 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari today said that the last three decades have witnessed the metamorphosis of international law from a tool for the regulation of formal diplomacy between states and coordination of international intercourse to an elaborate canvas covering complex areas of transnational concerns such as trade, economy and development, nuclear energy, outer space, human rights and environment.
Delivering inaugural address at the International Conference on International Law in the Contemporary World organized by the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) here today, Ansari opined that while this is an indication of the vitality of international law, it has also led to a certain fragmentation, of conflicting and incompatible principles, rule systems and institutional practices.
He said that in this 60th year of the Republic, it is relevant to recall that Article 51 of our Constitution exhorts the state to foster respect for international law and treaty obligations.
Despite considerable progress, a fuller realization of Fundamental Rights and of the Directive Principles incorporated in the Constitution is hampered by the enormity and diversity of the challenges in a country of over a billion people. It is therefore relevant to ask how and where the norms and principles of international law can be invoked to address these questions, he added.
The Vice President also said that the problems created by the dramatic expansion of the scope and instrumentalities of international law should not blind us to the significant success achieved in ameliorating the welfare of mankind.
International Human Rights and the Humanitarian Law have expanded their scope and application to become one of the most comprehensively regulated branches of international law. A great number of their rules have been recognized as part of customary international law, he added. (ANI)

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