A Liberal Theory of International Justice

Paperback | July 30, 2011

byAndrew Altman, Christopher Heath Wellman

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A Liberal Theory of International Justice advances a novel theory of international justice that combines the orthodox liberal notion that the lives of individuals are what ultimately matter morally with the putatively antiliberal idea of an irreducibly collective right of self-governance. Theindividual and her rights are placed at center stage insofar as political states are judged legitimate if they adequately protect the human rights of their constituents and respect the rights of all others. Yet, the book argues that legitimate states have a moral right to self-determination and thatthis right is inherently collective, irreducible to the individual rights of the persons who constitute them. Exploring the implications of these ideas, the book addresses issues pertaining to democracy, secession, international criminal law, armed intervention, political assassination, global distributive justice, and immigration. A number of the positions taken in the book run against the grain of currentacademic opinion: there is no human right to democracy; separatist groups can be morally entitled to secede from legitimate states; the fact that it is a matter of brute luck whether one is born in a wealthy state or a poorer one does not mean that economic inequalities across states must beminimized or even kept within certain limits; most existing states have no right against armed intervention; and it is morally permissible for a legitimate state to exclude all would-be immigrants.

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A Liberal Theory of International Justice advances a novel theory of international justice that combines the orthodox liberal notion that the lives of individuals are what ultimately matter morally with the putatively antiliberal idea of an irreducibly collective right of self-governance. Theindividual and her rights are placed at cent...

Andrew Altman is the author of Critical Legal Studies: A Liberal Critique and Arguing About Law: An Introduction to Legal Philosophy. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics at Georgia State University. Professor Altman has published widely on topics in legal and political philosophy. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:July 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604509

ISBN - 13:9780199604500

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Democracy and Self-Determination3. Secession4. International Criminal Law5. Armed Intervention and Political Assassination6. International Distributive Justice7. Immigration8. ConclusionReferences