The Individual in Contemporary Sacred Natural Law

Forthcoming in Anne Peter and Tom Sparks, The Individual in International Law. History and Theory (2021)

20 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019

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Rafael Domingo

Emory University School of Law; University of Navarra - School of Law

Date Written: September 24, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Domingo, Rafael, The Individual in Contemporary Sacred Natural Law (September 24, 2019). Forthcoming in Anne Peter and Tom Sparks, The Individual in International Law. History and Theory (2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3458926 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3458926

Rafael Domingo (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.emory.edu/

University of Navarra - School of Law ( email )

Universidad de Navarra
Campus Universitario
Pamplona, Navarra 31009
Spain

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