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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Best Practices

Hollin Dickerson

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 June 2019

International labour law — Children, rights — Freedom from slavery or forced labour — Corporations — Corruption — Sustainable development — International minimum standard — International watercourses — Marine environment, protection — Soft law — Codification

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The term ‘best practices’ refers to a soft law method of addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges by providing exemplary models for future action. They are the activities that have been shown, over time, to be the most effective. Best practices are used to establish standards by operating through horizontal co-operation rather than top-down direction: in a traditional best-practices regime, the regulated entity itself—whether it be public or private—devises a set of practices that it promises to adhere to voluntarily. 2 Although traditionally...
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