Introduction to the Study of International Law

Introduction to the Study of International Law

by Theodore Dwight Woolsey


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ISBN-13: 9783337166014
Publisher: Bod Third Party Titles
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 492
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.10(d)

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INTERNATIONAL LAW INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER. Growth, Jitral And Moral Grounds, Sources Of International Law. In order to protect the individual members of human society from one another, and to make just society possible, the Creator of man has implanted- in his nature certain conceptions which we call rights, to which in every case obligations correspond. These are the foundation of the system of justice, and the ultimate standard with which laws are compared, to ascertain whether they are just or unjust. They involve, amid all the inequalities of condition, a substantial equality of the members of society before the tribunal of law and justice, because the physical, intellectual, and moral natures of all imply the same capacity and destination, and because to the capacity and destination of man his rights or powers of free action must correspond. On this basis within the state, and often without any direct co-operation of its members, a system of law grows up, which, while it may be imperfect, approaches with the progress of the society in knowledge and moral cultivation to the standard of perfect justice. And even the moral progress of society, the ability of its members to acknowledge their reciprocal claims, and discharge their duties to each otherto fulfil their part in that moral iphere which lies in great measure quite beyond the reach ofpositive law this also is dependent to a great degree upon their correct estimate of rights and obligations. Nations or organized communities of men differ from the individual men of a state, in that they are self-governed, that no law is imposed on them by any external human power, but they retain the moral accountable nature, which must governthe members of a single society. They cannot have intercourse with one another wit...

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