Community Interests Across International Law: Introduction
Community Interests Across International Law (Eyal Benvenisti & Georg Nolte eds., OUP, Forthcoming)
GlobalTrust Working Paper Series 07/2017
20 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 22, 2017
The Introduction describes the term “community interests” for the purpose of exploring the extent to which states owe duties toward those who are affected by their actions and omissions. It argues that the relevant “communities” which are envisaged by the book extend beyond the “international community of states” to cover individuals and groups, even when their interests were not taken into account at the negotiation table or in policymaking bodies. The community can also be humanity at large, as reflected in the concept of crimes against humanity. As far as “community interests” are concerned, the Introduction explores questions related to the identification of these interests, the prioritization among them and their achievement. The Introduction outlines a typology of duties states might have toward others.
Keywords: community interests, international law, treaties
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