Frontiers of Law, Political Science and Art

Commentary - (2022) Volume 10, Issue 4

Merchant Ben*
Department of Political Science, Nottingham Trent University, Southwell, UK
*Correspondence: Merchant Ben, Department of Political Science, Nottingham Trent University, Southwell, UK,

Received: 01-Nov-2022 Editor assigned: 03-Nov-2022 Reviewed: 17-Nov-2022 Revised: 24-Nov-2022 Published: 02-Dec-2022, DOI: 10.51268/2736-1861.22.10.73


International law and international governance are two interconnected fields that play a crucial role in shaping the world order. International law is a set of rules and principles that govern the relations between states and other international actors, while international governance refers to the mechanisms and institutions that facilitate cooperation and coordination among these actors. International law has been developed over centuries through treaties, customary practices, and judicial decisions. Its primary objective is to regulate state conduct and ensure peaceful coexistence between nations. International law covers a broad range of issues, including human rights, trade, security, the environment, and the use of force. International law is enforced through a variety of mechanisms, such as the International Court of Justice, international criminal tribunals, and the dispute resolution organizations.International governance, on the other hand, refers to the structures and processes that enable international cooperation and coordination. International governance involves the participation of multiple actors, including states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. International governance mechanisms are designed to facilitate collective action on global challenges such as climate change, poverty, and conflict prevention, including the states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. These actors play different roles in international governance, with states being the primary actors in shaping international policies and institutions. Intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund, provide platforms for states to cooperate on global issues. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) also play a significant role in international governance, often serving as advocates for particular issues and mobilizing public support for global causes. NGOs engage in various activities such as research, advocacy, and implementation of programs, working alongside states and intergovernmental organizations to address global problems. Individuals also have a role to play in governance. Through social media, citizen journalism, and online activism, individuals can raise awareness of global issues and put pressure on policymakers to take action. Individuals can also contribute to global governance through volunteering for NGOs and participating in international conferences and forums. The participation of multiple actors in international governance brings diverse perspectives and expertise to the table, promoting more comprehensive and effective solutions to global problems. However, this diversity can also lead to competing interests and conflicting priorities, making it challenging to achieve consensus and implement collective action. The United Nations is the most prominent intergovernmental organization involved in international governance. The UN was established in 1945 to promote international peace and security, human rights, and economic and social development. The UN has evolved over the years to become a hub for international governance, with a vast array of specialized agencies, programs, and funds dedicated to various issues. In recent years, the concept of global governance has gained increasing attention. Global governance refers to the management of global problems that require collective action, but which are not necessarily within the purview of any single state or organization. Examples of global problems include climate change, nuclear proliferation, and cyber security. International law and international governance are closely intertwined, with international law providing the legal framework for international governance mechanisms. However, the effectiveness of international law and international governance mechanisms depends on the political will of states and other actors to comply with their obligations and engage in collective action.

In conclusion, international law and international governance are essential components of the international system, providing the legal framework and institutional mechanisms for global cooperation and coordination. While these fields face numerous challenges, they offer the potential for addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

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