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Part II Approaches, Ch.19 Moral Philosophy and International Law

Samantha Besson

in The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198701958

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Part II Approaches, Ch.19 Moral Philosophy and International Law

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This chapter offers a critical discussion of the origins, aims, and main contributions of moral philosophies of international law. Then, in moving beyond mere exposition, the chapter turns to a meta-theoretical discussion of international law, and in particular to how international legal theory should best be conceived and conducted. The chapter argues for the development of normative legal philosophies of international law that take the normativity of law and hence its legality more seriously than international legal theorists have so far, but also than moral philosophers of international law have themselves, thus breaking away from the sterile oppositions between ‘realist’ and so-called ‘moralist’ approaches to international law.

Chapter.  21 pages.  9932 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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