Functions of Freedom -- Privacy, Autonomy, Dignity, and the Transnational Legal Process

75 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2014

Date Written: October 12, 2014


What is the function of freedom for the transnational legal process? The Article answers this question through the lens of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis and the deeply inconsistent international legal arguments presented by each side to the conflict. These inconsistencies suggest that criticism of international law as purely political pretense has merits. The Article shows that transnational legal process theory can account for and incorporate these facial inconsistencies and thus address the criticism leveled at international law. The Article proceeds to develop a theory of freedom as a value that is internal to, and necessary for, transnational legal process. This theory of freedom relies not upon the classical liberal understanding of freedom as positive or negative freedom. Instead, it reconstructs freedom around the value of human dignity. The Articles concludes that freedom as dignity is a central value of the transnational legal process and that the transnational legal process would cease to function in its absence.

Keywords: international law, transnational law, transnational legal process, freedom, privacy, autonomy, dignity, Ukraine, Russia

Suggested Citation

Sourgens, Freddy G., Functions of Freedom -- Privacy, Autonomy, Dignity, and the Transnational Legal Process (October 12, 2014). Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 48, (March 2015), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: or

Freddy G. Sourgens (Contact Author)

Washburn University - School of Law ( email )

1700 College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
United States

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