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

Hardcover | January 18, 2015

bySteven R. Ratner

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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 helpgovern 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 thefundamental 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 subjectscovered 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.

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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 helpgovern the behaviour of states and other global ...

Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. His research has focused on a range of contemporary challenges facing governments and international institutions, including ethnic conflict, territorial borders, implementation of peace agreements, regulation of foreign investment and...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.29 inPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704046

ISBN - 13:9780198704041

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Introduction: Looking for Justice in International LawPart I: The Framework of Thin Justice1. Legal and Ethical Approaches to Global Justice: The Dialogue of the (Near-)Deaf2. Conceptual Groundwork for a Standard of Global Justice3. A Standard of Global JusticePart II: The Justice of Core Norms on Statehood4. Norms of Territorial Integrity and Political Independence: The Ban on the Use of Force and Non-Intervention5. The Claims of Peoples: Self-Determination and State Borders6. Norms of Participation: Sovereign Equality of States7. Sovereign Equality's Limits: Membership and Decisionmaking in International OrganizationsPart III: The Justice of Territorially Based Protections of Human Rights8. Human Rights for Whom? Territoriality, Extraterritoriality, and Universal Jurisdiction9. Extraterritorial Protection through Force: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to ProtectPart IV: The Justice of Core Norms on the Global Economy10. Regulating Global Trade11. Regulating Foreign InvestmentPart V: Limitations and Aspirations12. The Limits of Thin Justice: International Humanitarian, Criminal, and Environmental Law13. Beyond Thin Justice