International Law and Theories of Global Justice

Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, vol. 114, 2020

U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper Forthcoming

13 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2020

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Steven Ratner

University of Michigan Law School

David Luban

Georgetown University Law Center

Carmen Pavel

King's College London

Jiewuh Song

Seoul National University

James Graham Stewart

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

International law informs, and is informed by, concerns for global justice. Yet the two fields that engage most with prescribing the normative structure of the world order – international law and the philosophy of global justice – have tended to work on parallel tracks. Many international lawyers, with their commitment to formal sources, regard considerations of substantive (and not merely procedural) justice as ultra vires for much of their work. Philosophers of global justice, in turn, tend to explore the moral commitments of international actors without grappling with the international legal doctrine or institutions. In recent years, however, both disciplines have begun to engage with one another more. This discussion among international lawyers and philosophers addresses the promises of and challenges to interdisciplinary approaches to global justice. The contributors consider the added value of philosophical inquiry to issues facing international law practitioners or scholars, the salience of of international law for political philosophy, and the methodological distinctions between the two fields. The contributors also identify promising lines and examples of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Keywords: international law, global justice, political philosophy, international political morality

Suggested Citation

Ratner, Steven and Luban, David and Pavel, Carmen and Song, Jiewuh and Stewart, James Graham, International Law and Theories of Global Justice (June 26, 2020). Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, vol. 114, 2020, U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3686177

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