There is a massive and so far quite mysterious difference between thinking of cosmopolitan norms as law and thinking in legal terms about the norms of an ordinary municipal system. Until one has something more to say about the former, the idea of a cosmopolitan order remains unanalyzed. This book's notion of “democratic iteration” contributes a substantial amount of what is needed here, to resolve this obscurity. However, this chapter pursues that idea in a slightly different way from the way in which the book pursues it. The outset of the author's lectures indicates that she has a particular interest in norms defining “crimes against humanity” and by extension human rights norms and what she calls “cosmopolitan norms of justice.” What distinguishes these from the more familiar rules of international law is that cosmopolitan norms offer rights and protections to, and impose obligations on, human individuals as such, not just states.
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