A Philosophy of International Law

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Westview Press, Mar 20, 1998 - Law - 196 pages
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This study argues that an overlapping respect for human rights has created a moral common ground among the countries of the world. The author advocates reform of the international legal system, to give priority to human dignity and freedom.

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Page 130 - All peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Page 4 - Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, but always at the same time as an end.
Page 66 - The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a) a permanent population; b) a defined territory; c) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.
Page 93 - A treaty is void if, at the time of its conclusion, it conflicts with a peremptory norm of general international law. For the purposes of the present Convention, a peremptory norm of general international law is a norm accepted and recognized by the international community of States as a whole as a norm from which no derogation is permitted and which can be modified only by a subsequent norm of general international law having the same character.
Page 4 - Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law', which he restates a few sentences later as.
Page 4 - Now I say that man, and in general every rational being, exists as an end in himself, not merely as a means for arbitrary use by this or that will: he must in all his actions, whether they are directed to himself or to other rational beings, always be viewed at the same time as an end.
Page 29 - ... the necessity of acting from pure respect for the practical law is what constitutes duty, to which every other motive must give...

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Fernando R. Tesón is professor of law at Arizona State University.

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