This volume examines the role and influence of multiculturalism in general theories of international law in the composition and functioning of international organizations such as the icj the ilc the un and the icc and in the progressive development of substantive international law regarding issues such as anti terrorism cultural identity the danish cartoons controversy indigenous peoples and cultural exemptions at the wto. Multiculturalism in international law has been with us since the dawning of modern international relations its importance has been appreciated to different degrees during different periods in history efforts to explore it as a factor in the formation of international law and its implementation have also varied. In multiculturalism and the development of international humanitarian law pp 617 ss michael bothe demonstrates that the factor of multiculturalism is inherent to humanitarian law deriving from values of all religions humanitarian law unifies the principles of all human communities this conclusion is in accordance with the severe reciprocal character of humanitarian law. Multiculturalism and international law multiculturalism is not a term explicitly mentioned in any human rights or international law instrument also very sparse references can be found in united nations discussions this can be mainly justified by the volatile reception that the term has enjoyed especially in states platforms but also by its elusive definition7 different versions of the concept appeal to different commentators multiculturalism is used as a descriptive term which
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