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Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN10: 0813368642 ISBN13: 9780813368641 DDC: 341/.01 LCC: KZ1255 Edition: (pbk. : alk. paper)


In this book, Fernando Teson goes against the prevailing thought by arguing, in the Kantian tradition, that a shared respect for individual human rights underpins not just the obligation countries feel to follow international law but also international laws themselves and even the very legitimacy of nations in the eyes of the international community. Using the tools of moral philosophy, Teson analyzes the concepts of sovereignty, intervention, and national interest; the contributions of social contact theory, game theory, and feminist theory; and the puzzles of self-determination and group rights. Teson goes on to give detailed examples of international laws, international institutions, and their human rights foundations, putting his ideas to work and addressing legal reforms called for by the theory. Although the theoretical achievement of this book is to challenge received wisdom on the foundation of international law, the practical ambition is a call to reform the international legal system for the post-Cold War era, to substitute for the old order one that gives primacy to human dignity and freedom over state power.


Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. The Kantian Thesis -- 2. Sovereignty and Intervention -- 3. International Law, Game Theory, and Morality -- 4. The Rawlsian Theory of International Law -- 5. Self-Determination, Group Rights, and Secession -- 6. Radical Challenges: Feminism and International Law.


  • LCC: KZ1255
  • Dewey Decimal: 341/.01

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: viii, 196 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pbk. : alk. paper)


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