Who or what is entitled to act on the international plane? Where should responsibility for violations of international law lie? What sort of entities are capable of possessing international legal rights? What is the status of individuals, minority groups, non-governmental bodies, international organisations and animals in the international legal order and how has their status shifted over time? International Legal Personality contains fourteen articles that address these and related questions. In historical and contemporary writings, international lawyers grapple with the nature of legal identity, and confront global distributions of authority and responsibility, as they explore who or what is a 'person' in the international legal order. These essays document the emergence of an international legal order increasingly conceived in terms of patterns and probabilities, rather than as the stagecraft of a small company of permanent players.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Personhood and Personality in International Law: The concept of legal personality, Jan Klabbers; Personality in international law, Hans Aufricht. Part II States, Peoples and Cities: The international legal personality of states: problems and solutions, Oleg I. Tiunov; States, peoples and minorities as subjects of international law, Budislav Vukas; The city and the world, Yishai Blank. Part III Individuals: The subjects of the law of nations, Hersch Lauterpacht; The problem of the international personality of individuals, Marek St Korowicz. Part IV International Organizations: The legal personality of international organizations, Clarence Wilfred Jenks; International legal personality revisited, C.F. Amerasinghe; The souls of international organizations: legal personality and the lighthouse at Cape Spartel, David J. Bederman. Part V Non-Humans and Non-State Actors: Reconceptualising international legal personality of influential non-state actors: towards a rebuttable presumption of normative responsibilities, Karsten Nowrot; Whales: their emerging right to life, Anthony D'Amato and Sudhir K. Chopra. Part VI Possibilities: Is the concept of the person necessary for human rights?, Jens David Ohlin; Paul Ricoeur and international law: beyond 'the end of the subject'. Towards a reconceptualisation of international legal personality, Janne E.Nijman; Name Index.
Fleur Johns, University of New South Wales, Australia