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Another Cosmopolitanism$
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Seyla Benhabib and Robert Post

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183221.001.0001

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Cosmopolitan Norms

Cosmopolitan Norms

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(p.83) Cosmopolitan Norms
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Another Cosmopolitanism
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Jeremy Waldron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183221.003.0004

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.

Keywords:   cosmopolitan norms, cosmopolitan order, democratic iteration, human rights, justice, international law, crimes against humanity

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