The New World Order: Sovereignty, Human Rights and the Self-Determination of Peoples

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The end of the Cold War has allowed for the prospect of a New World Order, in which the United Nations and other 'international actors' may returban to their post-war mandate of maintaining international peace and security through collective action. This book addresses the central question of sovereignty under the new regime: which internal actions of states will justify intervention by the international community? The unifying theme of these chapters — written from a wide variety of national and cultural ...

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Overview

The end of the Cold War has allowed for the prospect of a New World Order, in which the United Nations and other 'international actors' may returban to their post-war mandate of maintaining international peace and security through collective action. This book addresses the central question of sovereignty under the new regime: which internal actions of states will justify intervention by the international community? The unifying theme of these chapters — written from a wide variety of national and cultural perspectives — is the conflict between cultural relativism and human rights in the postmodern world. Eleven authors address these questions to determine the meaning and limits of national self-determination after the fall of communism.

This book is essential reading for all who seek to understand the emerging international system of the twenty-first century.

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"For those interested in the evolving area of human rights in international relations, this volume provides well-presented theoretical arguments surrounding the key issues, as well as detailed case studies. For scholars in this field, this volume is highly recommended reading." —Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies
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Mortimer Sellers is Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and Associate Professor of Law, at the University of Baltimore.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Human Rights and Self-Determination 9
3 The Diffusion of Sovereignty: Self-Determinations in the Post-Colonial Age 35
4 Self-Determination in a Modern World: Conceptual Development and Practical Application 71
5 Sovereignty Without Nationalism? A Critical Assessment of Minority Rights Beyond the Sovereign Nation-State Model 91
6 Self-Determination and Secession in Islamic Thought 117
7 Self-Determination as Ethnocracy: Perspectives from the South Pacific 153
8 Problems of Indeterminacy and Characterization in the Application of Humanitarian Law 177
9 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Situations of Internal Conflict 237
10 Human Rights, Democracy, and the Multidimensional Peace Operations of the United Nations 273
11 From Human Rights to Good Governance: The Aid Regime in the 1990s 305
Index 327
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