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Fault Lines of International Legitimacy

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Jean-Marc Coicard, Nathaniel Berman, Vasuki Nesiah, Ian Johnstone, Nishkala Suntharalingam, Dianne Otto, Lorraine Elliott, B. S. Chimni, Ralph Wilde, Jun Matsukuma, Hilary Charlesworth
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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521764469

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  • Fault Lines of International Legitimacy deals with the following questions: What are the features and functions of legitimacy in the international realm? How does international legitimacy, as exemplified in particular by multilateral norms, organizations, and policies, change over time? What role does the international distribution of power and its evolution have in the establishment and transformation of legitimacy paradigms? To what extent do democratic values account for the growing importance of legitimacy and the increasing difficulty of achieving it at the international and the national level? One of the central messages of the book is that, although the search for international legitimacy is an elusive endeavor, there is no alternative to it if we want to respond to the intertwined demands of justice and security and make them an integral and strategic part of international relations.

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    “International relations scholars and practitioners have a long-standing concern with the legitimacy of political actions because it influences their occasions, their shape and their efficiency. Particularly since the Independent International Commission on Kosovo described NATO’s bombing of Serbia as inconsistent with the UN Charter and hence formally illegal but nevertheless legitimate, International lawyers have increasingly shared that concern with the knowledge that a wide split between legality and legitimacy, whatever its other consequences, is bound to heighten skepticism about the obligation to comply with international law. Thus the timing of this elegantly conceived and executed volume could hardly be more felicitous. The multiplicity of authors enriches the volume, for they illuminate probably better than any single author could, the various ways in which ‘legitimacy’ is, can, and should be understood. The editors deserve admiration for the depth, range, and coherence of this fine work.”
    --Tom Farer, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Denver University

    “Legitimacy is unstable terrain. Fault lines mark the movement of its legal, normative and political tectonic plates: this results in release of pressure, some beneficial adjustment, and periodic shocks. It is this terrain – human rights, military intervention, peacekeeping, and international administration – that is mapped by a distinguished group of analysts. They have given us a very valuable addition to the growing literature on international legitimacy.”
    --Ian Clark, ESRC Professorial Fellow and E H Carr Professor, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521764469
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jean-Marc Coicard
    Part I. From the History and Structure of International Legitimacy to Fault Lines in Contemporary International Politics:
    1. Legitimacy, across borders and over time Jean-Marc Coicard
    2. Deconstructing international legitimacy Jean-Marc Coicard
    3. The evolution of international order and fault lines of international legitimacy Jean-Marc Coicard
    4. Intervention in a 'divided world': axes of legitimacy Nathaniel Berman
    5. From Berlin to Bonn to Baghdad: a space for infinite justice Vasuki Nesiah
    Part II. The UN Security Council: Expression, Venue, and Promoter of International Legitimacy?:
    6. Legal deliberation and argumentation in international decision making Ian Johnstone
    7. The UN Security Council, regional arrangements, and peacekeeping operations Nishkala Suntharalingam
    8. The Security Council's alliance of gender legitimacy: the symbolic capital of Resolution 1325 Dianne Otto
    Part III. Legitimacy of International Interventions and Hierarchy of International Rights:
    9. Cosmopolitan militaries and cosmopolitan force Lorraine Elliott
    10. Sovereignty, rights, and armed intervention: a dialectical perspective B. S. Chimni
    Part IV. In Search of New Forms of International Legitimacy: Between Power and Principles:
    11. Determining how the legitimacy of intervention is discussed: a case study of international territorial administration Ralph Wilde
    12. The legitimacy of economic sanctions: an analysis of humanitarian exemptions of sanctions regimes and the right to minimum sustenance Jun Matsukuma
    Conclusion: the legitimacies of international law Hilary Charlesworth

  • Editors

    Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University, Canberra

    Jean-Marc Coicaud, United Nations University, New York


    Jean-Marc Coicard, Nathaniel Berman, Vasuki Nesiah, Ian Johnstone, Nishkala Suntharalingam, Dianne Otto, Lorraine Elliott, B. S. Chimni, Ralph Wilde, Jun Matsukuma, Hilary Charlesworth

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