Indonesian Journal of International Law
International Law is perhaps the most dynamic area of law today and one of the most important, as global interdependence deepens and the transnational movement of people, ideas, goods, and services continues to grow. As stated by Professor Lung-Chu Chen, of New York Law School, in his book: An Introduction to Contemporary International Law - A Policy Oriented Perspective (Yale University Press, 2nd edition, 2000), international law is a continuing process of authoritative decision by which members of the world community identify, clarify and secure their common interests. These common interests consist of minimum world order and optimum world order. Minimum World Order refers to the minimization of unauthorized coercion and violence - in other words, the maintenance of international peace and security. Optimum World Order refers to the widest possible shaping and sharing of values, for example, respect, power, enlightenment, well-being, wealth, skill, affection, and rectitude, popularly expressed in terms of human rights, self-determination and self-governance, education and global communication, health and environmental protection, trade and development, transfer of technology, human solidarity and diversity, and social justice.
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