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Group B Stuff Nov 13 - Audra Bartels International Studies...

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Audra Bartels International Studies 501 Dr. B. Kardaras 11/13/2007 Group “B” Questions Covering: Bederman Chapters 3, 4, 8, 17 Joyner Chapter 6 1. In Chapter Three, on page 27 within the first paragraph, Bederman states, “Treaty projects that “merely” codify existing law are among the most contentious in modern diplomatic history. On the other hand, the international community can often mobilize substantial support for entirely novel forms of law- making—if the circumstances are compelling enough.” This strikes me as odd: why would it be more difficult to garner support for international customs that already exist? 2. On page 85 of Chapter Eight, Bederman discusses the international minimum standard of treatment, “a threshold below which no “civilized” nation should drop.” Who determines what this international minimum standard of treatment is, who would determine when a country is violating this standard, and how is a country held responsible for such a violation?
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