1st Edition

Punishment, Justice and International Relations Ethics and Order after the Cold War

By Anthony F. Lang Jr. Copyright 2008
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Preface and Acknowledgements


    Part I: Conceptual Questions

    Chapter 1: Punishment and Justice

    Chapter 2: Legitimacy and Authority

    Chapter 3: Agency and Responsibility

    Part II: Punishing States

    Chapter 4: Punitive Intervention

    Chapter 5: Punitive Sanctions

    Part III: Punishing Persons

    Chapter 6: Punitive Counter terrorism policy

    Chapter 7: Punishment and International Criminal Law

    Conclusion: Punishment, Justice and Evil


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