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Ruti G. Teitel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370911.001.0001

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Humanity Law and the Discourse of Global Justice

Humanity Law and the Discourse of Global Justice

Chapter 6 (p.139) Humanity Law and the Discourse of Global Justice
Humanity's Law

Ruti Teitel

Oxford University Press

This chapter articulates how the humanity-centered regime gives rise to substantive principles of justice. It begins by recognizing the humanitarian regime's close association with the transformation in the international system from a state-centered, nationalizing politics to a globalized order. It explains how the rise of humanity-centered law informs a changing conception of global justice that centers on a principle of human security with formal and substantive dimensions. Across numerous areas—including politics, law, economics, ethics, and public health—a vital vision is emerging. This vision depends on a threshold consensus regarding the need to guarantee the humane treatment of persons and peoples, and ensure their preservation. Hence, under the humanity law regime, political and economic rights and freedoms are not artificially separated. Rather, the humanity-centered principles of security and the rule of law span these rights regimes. It is from this responsibility of care for persons and peoples that other rights and entitlements follow. This human security focus is reflected in the discourse of a range of political and legal fora and actors—including multilateral institutions such as the UN Human Security Commission and Report, where appeals to justice are being framed and justified in humanity law terms.

Keywords:   global, justice, humanity, fora, globalized, regime, law, legal

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