Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs

Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs

by Richard Falk, Mark Juergensmeyer, Vesselin Popovski
     
 

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Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs focuses on the problematic relationship between legality and legitimacy when a nation (or nations) intervene in the work of other nations. Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Richard Falk, and Vesselin Popovski, this volume brings together a wide range of contributors with a broad set of cases that consider when such intervention

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Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs focuses on the problematic relationship between legality and legitimacy when a nation (or nations) intervene in the work of other nations. Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Richard Falk, and Vesselin Popovski, this volume brings together a wide range of contributors with a broad set of cases that consider when such intervention is legitimate even if it isn't legal—and vice versa. Chapters cover humanitarian intervention, nuclear nonproliferation, military intervention, international criminal tribunals, interventions driven by environmental concerns, and the export of democracy. The book argues that while some interventions may not be technically legal, they may well be legitimate (e.g. Kosovo), and also concentrates on establishing the grounds for legitimate intervention. Some cases, like Iraq, fail the test. Transnational intervention by states and international institutions has increased since the globalization wave of the of the 1990's and especially since 9/11. This book, by focusing on a diverse array of cases, establishes a clear framework for judging the legitimacy of such actions.

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"The relationship between legality and legitimacy is fascinating, complex, and increasingly important in world affairs. This volume offers an unflinching look at the temptations to privilege legitimacy over legality and a sophisticated analysis of how the very concept of legitimacy can both erode the strength of international law and enhance its enforcement. A timely and thought-provoking book."—Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton University

"A uniquely brilliant, penetrating, even passionate collection. Essential for all who make-and break-national and international public policy."—Burns H. Weston, Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law and Senior Scholar, Center for Human Rights, The University of Iowa

"Among the excellent contemporary explorations of the space between law and legitimacy, this book can fairly claim preeminence."—Tom Farer, University Professor, University of Denver

"The thickets of legality and legitimacy are pursued provocatively by the eminent editors and contributors to this fine work; they bring, overall, a vision of 'global affairs' deeply sensitive to the plight of the world's worst-off humans, and all living beings on this distressed planet. This work remains indispensable for students, teachers, public citizens, policymakers, and human rights and social movement activists everywhere."—Upendra Baxi, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick and Delhi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199781584
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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