100 Ways "2.0"
Over a decade has passed since we published the first edition of the 100 Ways to mark the centennial of the American Society of International Law. The Society's mission—to foster the study of international law and to promote international relations on the basis of law and justice—is even more critical today than when the 100 Ways was first issued.
But while many of the original Ways are as valid today as they were when the publication was first issued, the dynamism of international law required that we review and update the Ways to reflect the progressive development of the law, the evolution of international institutions, and the relative importance of different areas today versus 10 years ago. You will find new Ways sprinkled throughout the different categories, with many of them updated. Whether it is "driving with the help of a Global Positioning System (GPS)" (Way 6), "Banning medical experiments, like the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, conducted on people without their consent" (Way 38), global climate change (Way 54), or "fighting human trafficking" (Way 90), we seek to illustrate the many ways, often unseen and unappreciated, that international law permeates our lives, protecting, enabling, securing, and facilitating our activities in different spheres.
The reader will also find the Ways organized in slightly different categories than in the original publication. As before, we have chapters that illustrate the role of international law in daily life, at leisure and in the world, and away from home, and in public health and the environment. "Liberty" has been renamed "liberty and fundamental rights", "commercial life" is now "economic opportunities and commercial life", "public safety" is now "public safety and social development", and we have added a new category for "peace and security."
The Ways in this booklet illustrate the many forms that international law takes—treaties, other types of international agreements, custom and practice, and even so-called "soft law", as well as the varied institutions that deal with the myriad cross-border issues that arise in today's world. They demonstrate the many, sometimes subtle, but often critical, ways in which international law is embedded in our lives. They also illustrate the dynamism of international law and the extent to which people and countries turn to it as a tool to address problems, manage risks, and further their interests. That is not to say international law offers a solution for every problem that has transnational dimensions, or that the development of international law will always keep pace with the emergency of new and complex global challenges. One need only think of cybersecurity and the digital revolution and how quickly data and information move across borders today to realize that the work of building a well-functioning system of international laws and institutions is never done. But the effort to establish and maintain such a system remains the best means yet devised to build secure and prosperous communities and promote the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Given the accelerating pace of change, 100 Ways 2.0 will eventually give way to 3.0. But for now I hope you find this updated and streamlined version of the 100 Ways as useful a tool as the original Ways proved to be. We would love to hear from you about this booklet: What is your favorite Way? Are there other areas we should be highlighting? What are the gaps in international law that concern you? What can we do to further educate people about the role of international law in making our universe safer, more navigable, more dependable? Please write us at email@example.com.
Finally, thanks are due to our members and leaders who are responsible for 100 Ways 2.0: Anna Spain Bradley and Perry Bechky led the project, with assistance from Marija Dordeska, Charles di Leva, Rahim Moloo, Bruce Rashkow, and Alison Dundes Renteln, and further input and support from Catherine Amirfar, Sean Murphy and Kal Raustiala. Thanks, as always, to executive director Mark Agrast and the Tillar House staff, including deputy executive director Wes Rist and director of communications and technology James Steiner. They have advanced the vision of this project, and their work updating, clarifying and streamlining the Ways have made this a better product. The Society benefits from the tremendous talent and expertise of its members, and this project reflects that fact.
Lucinda A. Low
President, American Society of International Law