Humanity's Law

Humanity's Law

by Ruti Teitel
     
 

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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

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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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"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 best study yet of how international law is shifting emphasis from bolstering the security of states to protecting individuals from states."-New Statesman

"This engaging book draws on a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives as it considers legal and political developments related to violent conflict globally. Professor Teitel's book provides a nuanced and comprehensive look at how global affairs have evolved as individual interests increasingly drive conflict management." -Harvard Law Review

"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 securityELessential 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." -International Law Reporter

"A humanity law is currently emerging, in which a paradigm change is evident that is a shift away from law primarily as a model for the resolution of conflict between states and towards law as an instrument that recognizes the respect for fundamental human and group rights as the main condition of its validity. Needless to say, Ruti Teitel is fully aware that this development is difficult and frequently threatened by setbacks. However, she also knows-and conveys the information to the reader convincingly in nine extensively annotated chapters-that a large number of stages in this direction have been achieved, which are irreversible, despite the resistance of numerous states."-European Journal of International Law

"A major contribution to understanding the transformed baselines of international law, an integrated account of how international law has reoriented to humanity." -Opinio Juris

"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, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department

"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, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department

"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, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University

"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, Professor of International Relations, Columbia 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, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195370911
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/07/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Ruti G. Teitel is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, Visiting Professor at Hebrew University School of Law, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics.

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