Legal Status of Humankind in International Law

7 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2009 Last revised: 3 May 2017

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Aleksandar Milanov

O.P. Jindal Global University ; O. P. Jindal Global University

Date Written: December 3, 2009


This article investigates the international legal status of humankind. It briefly describes what is humankind and tries to give an explanation of the bond between a human-being and humankind. The article compares this bond with another important relationship of a person to the state - citizenship.

The article provides arguments for the necessity of establishing an authority of humankind and future recognition of humankind as an above-national subject of law.

Keywords: humankind, mankind, humanity, subject of international law, international legal status, egregor

JEL Classification: K33, K30, Z00

Suggested Citation

Milanov, Aleksandar and Milanov, Aleksandar, Legal Status of Humankind in International Law (December 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Aleksandar Milanov (Contact Author)

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Sonipat, Haryana 131001

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