oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The international legal framework emerging from and advocated by the third world in the north-south dialogue

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The predominant concern of developing countries is with their own economic development. While ideology plays an important role in their relations with developed countries and foreign private enterprises, the real issues in contention are exports, the removal of trade barriers, the stabilisation of raw material prices and the rapid acquisition and use of technology. Although the discussion of these issues with developed countries has long been characterised by tension, acrimony and dogmatism, recent events have opened up and sustained a pragmatic dialogue between the developed North and the developing South. In this North-South dialogue, the third world has advocated a new international economic order. Although the institutional developments which characterise the existing international economic order are relatively unaffected by the legal framework this new order is thought to imply, their functioning and objectives have been directly challenged. This paper considers specific aspects of this legal framework as advocated by the third world in the North-South dialogue.

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