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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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A Humanity Law of Peoples

A Humanity Law of Peoples

Normative Directions and Dynamics

Chapter 8 (p.193) A Humanity Law of Peoples
Humanity's Law

Ruti Teitel

Oxford University Press

This chapter, building on the argument of the prior chapters, seeks to distill the normative contours and significance of humanity law. It explores the implications of the shift to a humanity-centered discourse, and humanity-centered values and institutions, for contemporary international politics. In particular, it focuses on the role of judgment in clarifying humanity law norms in an ongoing way. Beyond the role of judgment, moreover, this chapter draws the parameters of the basis for the rule of law—moving beyond the state, to the protection of persons and peoples—and it shows how these policy decisions forge an evolving conception of international society. In the global society now emerging, the protection of peoples is being reconceptualized—as going beyond the protection of the state itself, and bearing a dynamic connection to an overarching humanity. The force of the book's thesis is that it offers a coherent account that both illuminates present-day politics and maps the contours of an emerging vision of global social order—one with tremendous potential for transforming human relations and creating greater human solidarity.

Keywords:   solidarity, humanity, law, judgment, politics, order, institutions

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