The Utility of Regional Peremptory Norms in International Affairs

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Reza Hasmath

University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Jus cogens are higher peremptory norms beyond reproach by nation-states in the practice of international affairs. This article examines how a regional set of norms can be reconstituted as a regional jus cogens, and assist in accomplishing certain political tasks that are deemed acceptable within a specific time-period by a group of nation-states. Coiled in this positivistic, pragmatic construct, the implications for the existence, and practice of regional jus cogens is considered; with notable attention on its effects on sovereign equality and the promotion of differential treatment in international affairs.

Note: Winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Alfred R. Lindesmith Award.

Keywords: peremptory norms, regionalization, sovereign equality, differential treatment, regional jus cogens

Suggested Citation

Hasmath, Reza, The Utility of Regional Peremptory Norms in International Affairs (2012). American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, USA), August 30-September 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1366803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1366803

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