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Justice, legitimacy, and self-determination : moral foundations for international law

Author: Allen E Buchanan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Oxford political theory.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen E Buchanan
ISBN: 0198295359 9780198295358
OCLC Number: 52485239
Description: vii, 507 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the idea of a moral theory of international law --
Part one: justice --
The commitment to justice --
Human rights --
Distributive justice --
Part two: legitimacy --
Political legitimacy --
Recognitional legitimacy --
The legitimacy of the international legal system --
Part three: self-determination --
Self-determination and secession --
Intrastate autonomy --
Part four: reform --
Principled proposals for reform --
The morality of international legal reform.
Series Title: Oxford political theory.
Responsibility: Allen 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, and rejecting the view that it is permissible for a state to conduct its foreign policies exclusively according to what is in 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 superpower pursues 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.

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