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Punishment, Justice and International Relations

Ethics and Order after the Cold War, 1st Edition

By Anthony F. Lang Jr.


194 pages

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This book examines the international political order in the post-Cold War era, arguing that this order has become progressively more punitive. This is seen as resulting from both a human-rights regime that emphasizes legal norms and the aggressive policies of the United States and its allies in the ‘War on Terror’.

While punishment can play a key role in creating justice in a political system, serious flaws in the current global order militate against punishment-enforcing global norms. The book argues for the necessary presence of three key concepts - justice, authority and agency - if punishment is to function effectively, and explores four practices in the current international system: intervention, sanctions, counter- terrorism policy, and war crimes tribunals. It concludes by suggesting ways to revise the current global political structure in order to enable punitive practices to play a more central role in creating a just world order.

This book will be of much interest to students of International Law, Political Science and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Punishment, Order and Justice 2. Authority 3. Agency 4. Punitive Intervention 5. Punitive Sanctions 6. Punitive Counter Terrorism Policy 7. Punishment or Politics? Responses to Global Evil. Endnotes. Bibliography. Appendix 1. Appendix 2

About the Author

Anthony F. Lang, Jr. is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General