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Part III Soft Law and Global Migration Governance, Concluding Thoughts on the Future of International Migration Law

From: International Migration Law

Vincent Chetail

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 July 2024

Migration — Immigration — International law and international relations — Soft law

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The normative and institutional framework governing migration has grown and evolved over the last century to embody a detailed set of international rules and institutions. Despite its obvious limits, soft law has been an influential vehicle to foster intergovernmental dialogue and confidence building on a traditionally contentious issue alongside the North–South divide. The UN and its Member States are now embarking upon a vast reform which constitutes a new turning point for multilateralism. The challenges are numerous and require more than ever a global and rational vision. At the institutional level, the overall UN framework is arguably bound to remain multilevel and cross-cutting, reflecting the multidimensional nature of migration. At the normative level, the most important challenge of international migration law relates to its domestic application by states.

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