Winter 2015: The UN Call for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda

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The United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN is halfway through creation of an agenda to guide sustainable development from 2015 to at least 2030. This major undertaking, global in coverage and universally applicable, reflects the complexity of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

This issue of ILN leads me to two conclusions: (1) the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda addresses the most important topics for all nations today, and (2) correct implementation through the rule of law is essential for achieving its goals.

The UN and its partners have been engaged in consultations at an unprecedented scale at the country, regional, and global levels to define the blueprint of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. I urge the ABA to engage in this ongoing process.

Hans Corell (Sweden) was, from 1994 to 2004, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, a position he describes as “one of the most fascinating legal positions you can hold in the world.”

A party seeking attorney fees under foreign law carries the burden of proving the applicability (or nonapplicability) of that law. An interesting application of this rule arose in an international civil case in which a $13.4 million award was cut to less than $30,000.


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