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1st Edition

A Philosophy Of International Law

ISBN 9780813368641
Published March 20, 1998 by Routledge
207 Pages

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Book Description

Why should sovereign states obey international law? In this groundbreaking study Fernando Tesón argues that an overlapping respect for human rights has created a moral common ground among the countries of the world. It is this common set of values rather than self-interest that ultimately provides legitimacy to international law. Using the tools of moral philosophy Tesón analyzes the concepts of sovereignty, intervention, and national interest; the contributions of social contact theory, game theory, and feminist theory; and the puzzles of self-determination and group rights.

Table of Contents

The Kantian Thesis -- Sovereignty and Intervention -- International Law, Game Theory, and Morality -- The Rawlsian Theory of International Law -- Self-Determination, Group Rights, and Secession -- Radical Challenges: Feminism and International Law

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