international law, asia, WW2, international organisations, space law, human rights, environmental law, law of the sea, disarmament
It is now a little over half a century since the first of the states of Asia to be granted their independence in the aftermath of the Second World War became sovereign and independent of their former colonial masters. In that period there have been very substantial changes in international law. The number of the family of nations has more than tripled and international organisations and even individuals are now subject to the application of international law. Space law, human rights and the law of the environment have appeared, the law of the sea has been transformed, disarmament has reappeared as a serious subject, the use of force banned, in theory at least, and a new international legal order declared and these are only some of the most obvious developments.
Jeremy Thomas, "International Law in Asia: An Initial Review" (1990) 13:2 Dal LJ 683.