Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law: 1998

Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 23/10/1998 - 608 páginas
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The United Nations serves as the universal forum for addressing worldwide issues in the new millennium. The evolving needs of the international community have significantly influenced the United Nations and its institutions. This publication, edited by the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, constitutes the first scholarly yearbook to focus on activities of the United Nations in the field of international law. It recognizes the recent increased impact of the development of the World Organization, its Specialized Agencies and other aspects of the United Nations System, as well as their effect on the shaping of international relations. By concentrating on issues connected with the United Nations and its initiatives, the "Yearbook" facilitates a better appreciation of the changes the United Nations has undergone during the constantly fluctuating conditions of its first half-century, and creates a forum for the examination and assessment of the potential of international organizations to affect the future course of international relations. Topical coverage for this volume of the "Yearbook" includes: - lawmaking processes in the UN system; - the creation of a permanent international criminal court; - the joint inspection unit of the United Nations and the Specialized Agencies; - the case of Guatemala as an example of UN and the establishment of a new model for governance of Central America; and - prompt release of vessels - the M/V SAIGA case. For more information on this yearbook please visit the website of the Max Planck Institute

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Max Planck, a German physicist, received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Munich (1879) and taught at the University of Berlin from 1891 to 1928. By studying black-body radiation, he discovered that energy is not continuous, but is emitted or absorbed in fundamental, individual units called quanta. Quantum theory originated from his 1900 paper, representing a radical break with classical physics that even Planck could not wholly accept. For his work in quantum theory, Planck was awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize in physics. Other physicists were able to apply the quantum concept by following up on his revolutionary idea. Albert Einstein's 1905 paper, explaining the photoelectric effect, and Niels Bohr's 1913 model of the hydrogen atom were two applications of Planck's theory. Along with Einstein, Planck ranks as one of the two founders of modern physics. He was the acknowledged leader of German science in the 1930s, as president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. However, he resigned this post in 1937 to protest the Nazi treatment of Jewish scientists. He remained in Germany throughout World War II. After the war the Institute was renamed the Max Planck Institute, and he again served as its president until his death. Planck's personal life contained many tragedies: death of a wife, two sons (one was killed in World War I, the other was executed in 1944 for participation in an unsuccessful conspiracy to assassinate Hitler), and two daughters (in childbirth).

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