The Individual in International Law from the Perspective of Sacred Natural Law Theories
Forthcoming in Anne Peter and Tom Sparks, The Individual in International Law. History and Theory (2021)
20 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019 Last revised: 28 Oct 2020
Date Written: September 24, 2019
In this chapter, I argue for the adequacy and consistency of a human-centered international law framework from the perspective of the so-called sacred natural law theories. Sacred natural law theories contribute to a deeper understanding of the priority of the person in the international realm. They enrich the international law framework by highlighting the concept of human dignity and some specific human rights, supporting the purpose and role of global human community, explaining the profound connection between law and love, and fostering respect for international legal principles, as well as in other ways. Specifically, I focus on the metalegal idea of the image of God as a fundamental theological support of an individual-centered international law system. As a conclusion, I propose the development of a transcendent global law, using the best contributions and arguments of the natural law tradition and overcoming some futile discussions. Transcendent global law will light the way in transforming a self-interest-oriented international community into a value-oriented global human community.
Keywords: international law, natural law, image of God, solidarity, dignity, subsidiarity
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