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The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations (eBook)


ISBN13: 9780191009112
Published: January 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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In a world full of armed conflict and human misery, global justice remains one of the most compelling missions of our time. Understanding the promises and limitations of global justice demands a careful appreciation of international law, the web of binding norms and institutions that help govern the behaviour of states and other global actors.

This book provides a new interdisciplinary approach to global justice, one that integrates the work and insights of international law and contemporary ethics. It asks whether the core norms of international law are just, appraising them according to a standard of global justice derived from the fundamental values of peace and the protection of human rights.

Through a combination of a careful explanation of the legal norms and philosophical argument, Ratner concludes that many international law norms meet such a standard of justice, even as distinct areas of injustice remain within the law and the verdict is still out on others.

Among the subjects covered in the book are the rules on the use of force, self-determination, sovereign equality, the decision making procedures of key international organizations, the territorial scope of human rights obligations (including humanitarian intervention), and key areas of international economic law. Ultimately, the book shows how an understanding of international law's moral foundations will enrich the global justice debate, while exposing the ethical consequences of different rules.

Subjects:
Public International Law, eBooks
Contents:
Introduction: Looking for Justice in International Law

PART I: THE FRAMEWORK OF THIN JUSTICE
1. Legal and Ethical Approaches to Global Justice: The Dialogue of the (Near-)Deaf
2. Conceptual Groundwork for a Standard of Global Justice
3. A Standard of Global Justice

PART II: THE JUSTICE OF CORE NORMS ON STATEHOOD
4. Norms of Territorial Integrity and Political Independence: The Ban on the Use of Force and Non-Intervention
5. The Claims of Peoples: Self-Determination and State Borders
6. Norms of Participation: Sovereign Equality of States
7. Sovereign Equality's Limits: Membership and Decisionmaking in International Organizations

PART III: THE JUSTICE OF TERRITORIALLY BASED PROTECTIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
8. Human Rights for Whom? Territoriality, Extraterritoriality, and Universal Jurisdiction
9. Extraterritorial Protection through Force: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect

PART IV: THE JUSTICE OF CORE NORMS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
10. Regulating Global Trade
11. Regulating Foreign Investment

PART V: LIMITATIONS AND ASPIRATIONS
12. The Limits of Thin Justice: International Humanitarian, Criminal, and Environmental Law
13. Beyond Thin Justice