Resistances to the Neoliberal International Economic Order

Anthony Carty

in Philosophy of International Law

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652525 | DOI:
Resistances to the Neoliberal International Economic Order

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This chapter analyses where we are now with Hobbesean man, the warrior marketer, with his battle songs of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and considers the rootedness of some already-existing American philosophies of international law, in the languages of spreading democracy and the rule of law. It traces the connections between rights and legal sanctions in the theories of validity of the analytical approaches to law, dominant in the Anglo-American legal tradition. Again accepting the intimate connection between economic, political and military questions, the chapter enters the constitutionalist debate about what would be the minimal conditions for an international law of humanitarian intervention to enforce human rights. It situates this in the same predatory individualism that Tuck has located between Grotius and Kant, and concludes with a critical legal theory response to liberal legal discourse.

Keywords: Hobbes; democracy; human rights; rule of law; international law; liberal legal discourse

Chapter.  11785 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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