Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law

Paperback | May 28, 2007

byAllen Buchanan

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This book articulates a systematic vision of an international legal system grounded in the commitment to justice for all persons. It provides a probing exploration of the moral issues involved in disputes about secession, ethno-national conflict, 'the right of self-determination of peoples,'human rights, and the legitimacy of the international legal system itself. Buchanan advances vigorous criticisms of the central dogmas of international relations and international law, arguing that the international legal system should make justice, not simply peace, among states a primary goal, andrejecting the view that it is permissible for a state to conduct its foreign policies exclusively according to what is in the 'the national interest'. He also shows that the only alternatives are not rigid adherence to existing international law or lawless chaos in which the world's one superpowerpursues its own interests without constraints. This book not only criticizes the existing international legal order, but also offers morally defensible and practicable principles for reforming it. Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination will find a broad readership in political science,international law, and political philosophy. Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy and also work in applied political theory. The series contains works of outstanding quality with no restrictions as to approach orsubject matter. Series Editors: Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan

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This book articulates a systematic vision of an international legal system grounded in the commitment to justice for all persons. It provides a probing exploration of the moral issues involved in disputes about secession, ethno-national conflict, 'the right of self-determination of peoples,'human rights, and the legitimacy of the inter...

Allen Buchanan is a Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy, Duke University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:May 28, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199297983

ISBN - 13:9780199297986

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Table of Contents

Synopsis1. Introduction: The Idea of a Moral Theory of International LawPart I: Justice2. The Commitment to Justice3. Human Rights4. Distributive JusticePart II: Legitimacy5. Political Legitimacy6. Recognitional Legitimacy7. The Legitimacy of the International Legal SystemPart III: Self-Determination8. Self-Determination and Secession9. Intrastate AutonomyPart IV: Reform10. Principled Proposals for Reform11. The Morality of International Legal ReformBibliographyIndex

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`Buchanan's book is exceptional among studies by ethicists in the breadth of its engagement with the existing international legal order, in its integration of ideal theory with the possibilities and constraints of the non-ideal world in which international law functions, and in its focus oninstitutions.'Benedict Kingsbury, Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice, New York University Law School