This book was first published in 2003.Justice, Humanity and the New World Order offers a refreshing analysis of current jurisprudential concerns regarding the new world order, by examining them in the intellectual context of the late eighteenth-century Enlightenment. After setting the historical context, the author investigates aspects of Enlightenment political culture as well as aspects of the new world order, including international relations, the European Union and human rights. In conclusion, the author introduces the concept of a new humanism, which he suggests, drawing on certain aspects of Enlightenment political philosophy, can complement the new world order.
'In these difficult times when wars are conducted in the name of justice and people are routinely killed in the pursuit of ’humanitarian’ goals, Ian Ward offers an erudite and passionate call for the priority of the just over the lawful. Ward argues for a return to a humanism of the future in which sense and sensibility, reason and passion, law and literature will no longer be enemies but allies in the struggle to bring equity back into the law and justice into the imperial world order under construction.' Professor Costas Douzinas, University of London, UK. 'Ian Ward makes a powerful case for a new legal humanism that judiciously balances sense and sensibility, reason and imagination, justice and legality. Rooted in broad interpretations of Kant and Adam Smith, this book may extend our juristic canon to include Godwin and Coleridge, Havel and Derrida, and even George Eliot and Walt Whitman. Clear, erudite, and readable.' Professor William Twining, University College, London, UK '…a most useful text…' Law and Politics Book Review 'His [Ward] professed aim is to put forward some constructive ideas as building blocks for a new approach to law and justice…The book is written with an appealing sense of passion and it is not difficult to certify that it has achieved its purpose.' Adelaide Law Review
Contents: Introduction: before the law. Sense and sensibility; Prometheus unbound. A new world order; The peoples of Europe; The battle for humanity; Conclusion: towards a new humanism?; Bibliography; Index.
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