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Ulrich Fastenrath, Rudolf Geiger, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Andreas Paulus, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Christoph Vedder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.001.0001

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Human Security and International Law

Human Security and International Law

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(p.505) Human Security and International Law
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From Bilateralism to Community Interest
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Hisashi Owada

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0034

The discourse of human security often neglects to situate the concept within the existing international legal order, a linkage which is essential to the realization of human security. Rather, international law is often presented as an obstacle to the realization of human security, or as a separate system, with different goals and motivations. In particular, the legal norm of State sovereignty is often considered a barrier to the full implementation of human security. In examining the development of international law, it becomes apparent that the goals of international law are not distinct from those of human security. The principles underlying human security have been latent in international law and are evolving with increasing dynamism to encompass many of the basic principles of human security.

Keywords:   human security, international law, state sovereignty, goals, legal norm

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