Are We Being Propelled Towards a People-Centered Transnational Legal Order?

26 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2009 Last revised: 26 Mar 2009

Daniel Bradlow

University of Pretoria - Centre for Human Rights; American University - Washington College of Law

Claudio Grossman

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: Fall 1993

Abstract

Sovereignty is the fundamental concept around which international law is presently organized. This principle holds that "except as limited by international law or treaty, each state is the master of its own territory." Consistent with this conception of absolute sovereignty, international law has traditionally been concerned with the relations between co-equal sovereign states. Each sovereign state can only be legally bound by those commitments it willingly makes to other sovereign states, and by those few principles which are viewed as binding on all states. Those issues that arise from the relationship between the state and its citizens, and between those citizens inter se, are viewed as part of the domestic affairs of each sovereign state and thus outside the scope of international law.

Keywords: NGOs, international conflicts, human rights, peacekeeping

Suggested Citation

Bradlow, Daniel and Grossman, Claudio, Are We Being Propelled Towards a People-Centered Transnational Legal Order? (Fall 1993). American University International Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1365252

Daniel David Bradlow (Contact Author)

University of Pretoria - Centre for Human Rights ( email )

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Pretoria
South Africa

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/bradlow/index.

Claudio Grossman

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States
2022744004 (Phone)

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