Humanity's Law

Humanity's Law

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In Humanity's Law, renowned legal scholar Ruti Teitel offers a powerful account of one of the central transformations of the post-Cold War era: the profound normative shift in the international legal order from prioritizing state security to protecting human security. As she demonstrates, courts, tribunals, and other international bodies now rely on a humanity-based framework to assess the rights and wrongs of conflict; to determine whether and how to intervene; and to impose accountability and responsibility. Cumulatively, the norms represent a new law of humanity that spans the law of war, international human rights, and international criminal justice. Teitel explains how this framework is reshaping the discourse of international politics with a new approach to the management of violent conflict. Teitel maintains that this framework is most evidently at work in the jurisprudence of the tribunals-international, regional, and domestic-that are charged with deciding disputes that often span issues of internal and international conflict and security.
The book demonstrates how the humanity law framework connects the mandates and rulings of diverse tribunals and institutions, addressing the fragmentation of global legal order. Comprehensive in approach, Humanity's Law considers legal and political developments related to violent conflict in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. This interdisciplinary work is essential reading for anyone attempting to grasp the momentous changes occurring in global affairs as the management of conflict is increasingly driven by the claims and interests of persons and peoples, and state sovereignty itself is transformed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195370910
  • 9780195370911
  • 1,002,243

About Ruti G. Teitel

Ruti G. Teitel is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School.
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Ruti Teitel's Humanity's Law, as an erudite work of serious scholarship, provides a theoretical corollary to cosmopolitanism as a philosophical ideal and a political project that would appeal to a wide array of scholars and practitioners of international law pondering global accountability frameworks and governance beyond the confines of the statist paradigm. The book, therefore, offers an unprecedented opportunity to complement and enhance rather than find deficient and problematic a common vernacular in favor of a thoroughly pluralistic and humanitys-law-oriented outlook ... By recognizing a broader set of values and interests, Humanity's Law is an essential voice of global conscience in a world fragmented by conflict and torn between appeals to enlightened self-interest and spurs of selfless humanitarian compassion, and plays a decisively transformative role in furthering the humanity-based scheme of jurisdiction... Joanna K. Rozpedowski, Law and Politics Book Review This book draws on a deep well of evidence, including international judicial practices, domestic legal structures, and the development of institutional procedures. This work is comprehensive and compelling. Charles Olney, Human Rights Review In this broad and comprehensive account of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal justice, Ruti Teitel maps the rise of what she terms humanity law. Jamie Rowen, Journal of International Criminal Justice ...the argument is presented in a convincing and comprehensible way. Gerd Hankel, European Journal of International Law The best study yet of how international law is shifting emphasis from bolstering the security of states to protecting individuals from states. Geoffrey Robertson, New Statesman Ruti Teitel has written a profound and important book. Her concept of 'humanity law' is the first successful effort that I have seen to capture and frame the deep paradigm shift that is taking place in international law and relations. She draws from the basic principles of the law of war, human rights law, and international criminal law to develop a powerful unifying framework based on the protection of persons and peoples both within states and between them. The rich tapestry of ideas and sources that this book weaves together will be studied for many years to come. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department In Humanity's Law Ruti Teitel offers a fascinating guided tour of the emerging synthesis of the international laws once separately described as human rights, the laws of war and international criminal justice. Here she traces both their separate origins and the many ways they have shaped and are reshaping each other. This book is essential reading for every student of international law and politics Michael Doyle, Columbia University Ruti Teitel has written a passionate and scholarly account of the emergence of a new transnational law centered on persons and peoples and infused with liberal and egalitarian values. Humanity's Law implicitly raises a fascinating question: How will humanity law adapt to the rise of Chinese power, and what will its impact be in a genuinely multicultural world order? Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University This is an important book because it introduces us to the idea of 'Humanity Law'-a paradigm shift in the way the world is governed in which law has a bigger place and in which individuals as well as states are the subjects of law Mary Kaldor, The London School of Economics Ruti Teitel is an international legal theorist that empirical scholars of international relations always find worthwhile to engage. In describing the paradigm shift from the law of nations to the law of humanity, she always keeps in sight the political context that motivates and reflects these changing legal ideas. Jack Snyder, Columbia University This masterful treatise by Teitel, a law professor at New York University, offers one of the best explanations yet of the complex, shifting normative foundations of international law. ... This book is an indispensable guide to understanding these intellectual transformations and their complicated implications for policymakers and the international community. Foreign Affairs ...the argument is presented in a convincing and comprehensible way. Gerd Hankel, Global Law Books
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Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. The Faces of Humanity: Origins and Jurisprudence ; 3. The Ambit of Humanity Law: An Emerging Transnational Legal Order ; 4. Peacemaking, Punishment, and the Justice of War: The Humanity Law Framework and the Turn to International Criminal Justice ; 5. Protecting Humanity: The Practice of Humanity Law ; 6. Humanity Law and the Discourse of Global Justice: The Turn to Human Security ; 7. Humanity Law and the Future of International Law: Debating Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism ; 8. A Humanity Law of Peoples: Normative Directions and Dynamics ; 9. Conclusion
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