Human Dignity and the Foundations of International Law
By (author) Patrick Capps
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Human Dignity and the Foundations of International Law by Patrick Capps
Book DescriptionInternational lawyers have often been interested in the link between their discipline and the foundational issues of jurisprudential method, but little that is systematic has been written on this subject. In this book, an attempt is made to fill this gap by focusing on issues of concept-formation in legal science in general with a view to their application to the specific concerns of international law. In responding to these issues, the author argues that public international law seeks to establish and institutionalise a system of authoritative judgment whereby the conditions by which a community of states can co-exist and co-operate are ensured. A state, in turn, must be understood as ultimately deriving legitimacy from the pursuit of the human dignity of the community it governs, as well as the dignity of those human beings and states affected by its actions in international relations. This argument is in line with a long and now resurgent Kantian tradition in legal and political philosophy. The book shows how this approach is reflected in accepted paradigm cases of international law, such as the United Nations Charter. It then explains how this approach can provide insights into the theoretical foundations of these accepted paradigms, including our understanding of the sources of international law, international legal personality and the design of global institutions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841133577
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patrick Capps
Human Dignity and the Foundations of International Law, Paperback (June 2010)
This book considers the link between the discipline of international lawyers and the foundations issues of jurisprudential method.
Asserting Jurisdiction, Hardback (September 2003)» View all books by Patrick Capps
This collection explores the ways in which key European and International legal institutions define the boundaries of jurisdictional competence.
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Author Biography - Patrick Capps
Patrick Capps is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol.
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