For the student of sociology of law (and especially for one in the tradition of Julius Stone) the most interesting aspects of the French Nuclear Tests case are those concerning the international lawmaking process, and the special political-institutional role of the World Court in comparison to other organs of world community policy-making. This paper examines the legal dimensions and opinions of the Australia-New Zealand complaint against the French high-altitude nuclear bomb tests of the early 1970's and how it played out in the World Court.



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