Human Security and International Law

Hisashi Owada

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI:
Human Security and International Law

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The discourse of human security often neglects to situate the concept within the existing international legal order, a linkage which is essential to the realization of human security. Rather, international law is often presented as an obstacle to the realization of human security, or as a separate system, with different goals and motivations. In particular, the legal norm of State sovereignty is often considered a barrier to the full implementation of human security. In examining the development of international law, it becomes apparent that the goals of international law are not distinct from those of human security. The principles underlying human security have been latent in international law and are evolving with increasing dynamism to encompass many of the basic principles of human security.

Keywords: human security; international law; state sovereignty; goals; legal norm

Chapter.  7570 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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