CIPL lunchtime seminar: International Law and Development Process in Developing Countries: Reflections of a Diplomat at the UN

Date & time

1–2pm Friday 3 August 2012


Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University


Ambassador Ayo Olukanni, High Commissioner of Nigeria


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In the face of numerous conflicts and economic woes of our time, in what some people have described as “our troubled world,” the old age view of the limits of multilateralism and the notion that “international law is not law” appears to have gained ascendancy. Contrary to this view, this presentation argues that our world, (nation-states, NGO and the international community at large) has no other option than to use the multilateral process and international law as an instrument for a better world. Indeed, my experience as a diplomat over a 32-year period, mostly within the UN circuit in tackling development processes and issues of the global commons has proved to me that international law can be as effective as law within domestic jurisdictions to drive the development process. 

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