Perhaps the greatest contribution that can be made by the Court to the cause of peace in the present stage of world organization is the development of international law through its activity. The proper appreciation of this contribution requires some understanding of the function of law as one of the conditions of peace among nations.
International lawyers recognize in principle that international law has grown and functioned largely in response to the practical needs of the world community, and students of international politics have accorded to international law a place, however modest, among the techniques of international relations; but no thorough study based on concrete historical data of the relation between international law and international politics has ever been made. The discussion here presented of the role of international law and its organs in the maintenance of peace and security is, therefore, of necessity general and in part based on certain reasonable but unproved hypotheses.1____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The International Court of Justice:Its Role in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security. Contributors: Oliver J. Lissitzyn - Author. Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1951. Page number: 3.
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