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Parochialism, Cosmopolitanism, and the Foundations of International Law


Part of ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory

M. N. S. Sellers, John Tasioulas, Armin von Bogdany, Sergio Dellavalle, Ileana M. Porras, James Griffin, Maxwell Chibundu, Chios Carmody, Brian Lepard
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  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107435896

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  • This book examines the boundary between parochial and cosmopolitan justice. Parochialism and cosmopolitanism are two faces of international law, which recognizes our common humanity by protecting us in our differences. Essays in this book ask to what extent law should recognize or support the political, historical, cultural and economic differences among nations. Nine lawyers and philosophers from five continents consider whether certain states or persons deserve special treatment, exemptions or heightened duties under international law. Contributors draw the line between international law, national jurisdiction and the private autonomy of persons.

    • Determines the limits of international law: what is local, what is universal, and how to draw the boundary between the two
    • Considers parochialism in international law, the cosmopolitanism in international law and the theory of international law
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    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107435896
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction M. N. S. Sellers
    2. Parochialism and the legitimacy of international law John Tasioulas
    3. Parochialism, cosmopolitanism, and the paradigms of international law Armin von Bogdany and Sergio Dellavalle
    4. Liberal cosmopolitanism or cosmopolitan liberalism? Ileana M. Porras
    5. Are human rights parochial? James Griffin
    6. The parochial foundations of cosmopolitan rights Maxwell Chibundu
    7. Rights in reverse Chios Carmody
    8. Parochial restraints on religious liberty Brian Lepard
    9. Parochialism, cosmopolitanism, and justice M. N. S. Sellers.

  • Editor

    M. N. S. Sellers, University of Baltimore
    M. N. S. Sellers is Regents Professor of the University System of Maryland and Director of the University of Baltimore Center for International and Comparative Law. He received his A.B. and J.D. from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar, Frank Knox Fellow and T. H. Green Scholar at University and Wolfson Colleges, Oxford. Professor Sellers has served as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Hague Academy of International Law and Bryn Mawr College. He is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press book series ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory.


    M. N. S. Sellers, John Tasioulas, Armin von Bogdany, Sergio Dellavalle, Ileana M. Porras, James Griffin, Maxwell Chibundu, Chios Carmody, Brian Lepard

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