Justice, Stability and Toleration in a Federation of Well-Ordered Peoples
RAWL'S LAW OF PEOPLES: A REALISTIC UTOPIA, pp. 299-317, R. Marttin and D. Reidy, eds., Oxford: Blackwell, 2006
17 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2010
Date Written: 2006
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (2004) (Article I-2: The Union's values) and it makes sense to think of liberal and decent peoples together in an original position when joining together into regional associations or federations of some kind, such as the European Community, or the commonwealth of the republics in the former Soviet Union. It is natural to envisage future world society as in good part composed of such federations together with certain institutions, such as the United Nations, capable of speaking for all the societies of the world.
Keywords: Political theory, justice, EU, Constitutional Treaty for Europe, human rights, solidarity, federalism
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