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(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

Books such as this are rarely the product of a few hands. We have many people to thank.

Financial support was provided by the United Nations University and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. The Greentree Foundation allowed us the use of their wonderful facilities in Long Island, NY, to convene an authors’ retreat. This enabled our many scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas in person, engendering a rich set of interactions that we hope has been transferred to the page. We are also very grateful for the in-kind support provided by the UN Office of Legal Affairs.

Preparing the manuscript for publication was a herculean effort that would not have been possible without additional research support. Thank you especially to Sheiffa Safi (in Singapore) and Jonathan Agar (in New York).

The editors have been greatly helped by several individuals, above all Alexandra Ivanovic (of the UN University), herself a law graduate and lecturer, who marshaled this complex project to conclusion—cajoling, encouraging, and ultimately succeeding in extracting from our terrific authors the high-quality chapters of which they were capable. The UN University’s Office team in New York, headed by James Cockayne, himself also with a legal background and much published, together with Alexandra Cerquone, made possible the author meeting at the Greentree Estate mentioned above. We are very grateful to them all.

David Malone warmly thanks the Council of the UN University for encouraging his own research work.

Thank you also to Blake Ratcliff, John Louth, and their colleagues at Oxford University Press for believing in the project from the outset and sticking with it to conclusion.

Insofar as the volume has merit, it is due to the hard work of all these people. Any deficiencies can be attributed to the editors themselves.

Santiago Villalpando and David Malone record here that the views expressed within the volume, including its introduction, reflect not the UN’s or UNESCO’s position on the issues involved, but, where relevant, their own opinions.

Simon Chesterman, David M. Malone, Santiago Villalpando

March 2019 (p. x)