We live in a kaleidoscopic world in the new Anthropocene Epoch. This calls for a more inclusive public international law that accepts diverse actors in addition to States and other sources of law, including individualized voluntary commitments. Norms are critical to the stability and legitimacy of this international system. They underlie responses to rapid change, to new technological developments and to problems of protecting commons, promoting public goods, and providing social and economic justice. Certain fundamental norms can be identified ; others are emerging. The norm of mutual accountability underpins the implementation of other norms. Norms are especially relevant to frontier doit-yourself technologies, such as synthetic biology, digital currencies, cyber activity, and climate interventions, as addressed in the book. Reconceiving public international law lessens the sharp divide between public and private law and between domestic and international law.

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Edith Brown Weiss is University Professor at Georgetown University and past President of the American Society of International Law. She was awarded the Hudson Medal (ASIL), Elizabeth Haub Medal (IUCN/Free University of Brussels), and Doctorate Honoris Causa Heidelberg University. Her book In Fairness to Future Generations received the ASIL Certificate of Merit. From 2003-2007 she chaired the World Bank Inspection Panel.
Chapter I. International law in the kaleidoscopic world
Chapter II. International law reconsidered
Chapter III. Sources of public international law
Chapter IV. Commons and public goods
Chapter V. Determining norms
Chapter VI. Norms for the kaleidoscopic world : co-operation and avoidance of harm
Chapter VII. Norms in the kaleidoscopic Anthropocene
Chapter VIII. Climate change and geoengineering the climate
Chapter IX. Human dignity, equity, and intergenerational equity
Chapter X. Emerging norms : transparency and anti-corruption
Chapter XI. Frontier technologies : synthetic biology, cyber space, digital currencies
Chapter XII. Accountability
Chapter XIII. Accountability and international organizations
Chapter XIV. Accountability in the global supply chain
Chapter XV. Looking to the future
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