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T HE present need for a world legal order is obvious. In an atomic
age the settlement of international disputes by resort to force
rather than by recourse to law is so likely, if not absolutely certain,
to mean the end of civilization that it involves a risk which no wise
man, if he can avoid it, will take.
One may well ask why in the face of this fact, evident to all, recent
attempts at a legal world order have failed to achieve their goal. Certainly
the time has come when the cause of this failure must be determined
and if possible removed.

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international law, diplomacy