Solidarity as a Practical Reason: Grounding Authority of International Law
25 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2020
Date Written: March 1, 2020
The article deals with the concept of solidarity in international law. In particular, it focuses on the idea that solidarity is a(n) (emerging) principle of international law. I trace this idea back to classic solidarism and show how solidarity's image gradually shifted from being both factual and normative to being mainly normative. I then investigate to what kind of principles of international law solidarity belongs. I suggest that solidarity is a kind of normative principle, which, though essential for legitimation of international law, is not legally normative by the function it performs. I show that there is no need for solidarity to be a legal principle.
This article is to be presented at ESIL Research Forum "Solidarity. The Quest for Founding Utopias of International Law", 23-24 April 2020 in Catania (Italy).
Keywords: principles of international law, solidarity, authority of international law, legal normativity, legality
JEL Classification: K00, K33
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