The Project of International Legal Order
This chapter introduces the peculiarities of the ethical questions facing those proposing reforms to the international legal order; those responsible for interpreting international legal standards; and those having to decide whether moral imperatives justify breaching existing legal standards in a given instance. A drafter of legal reforms must aim to construct a framework for peaceful and respectful cooperation that can be accepted as legitimate, if not by all, at least by all seriously potent elements of an existing political community. In order to satisfy the objective need for accommodation, bearers of diverse interests and values must be prevailed upon to accept outcomes that systematically fall short of fully realizing not only their preferences but also their principles.
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