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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195370910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195370911
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruti Teitel's Humanity's Law, as an erudite work of serious scholarship, provides a theoretical corollary to cosmopolitanism as a philosophical ideal and a political project that would appeal to a wide array of scholars and practitioners of international law pondering global accountability frameworks and governance beyond the confines of the statist paradigm. The book, therefore, offers an unprecedented opportunity to complement and enhance rather than find deficient and problematic a common vernacular in favor of a thoroughly pluralistic and humanitys-law-oriented outlook ... By recognizing a broader set of values and interests, Humanity's Law is an essential voice of global conscience in a world fragmented by conflict and torn between appeals to enlightened self-interest and spurs of selfless humanitarian compassion, and plays a decisively transformative role in furthering the humanity-based scheme of jurisdiction... Joanna K. Rozpedowski, Law and Politics Book Review This book draws on a deep well of evidence, including international judicial practices, domestic legal structures, and the development of institutional procedures. This work is comprehensive and compelling. Charles Olney, Human Rights Review In this broad and comprehensive account of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal justice, Ruti Teitel maps the rise of what she terms humanity law. Jamie Rowen, Journal of International Criminal Justice ...the argument is presented in a convincing and comprehensible way. Gerd Hankel, European Journal of International Law The best study yet of how international law is shifting emphasis from bolstering the security of states to protecting individuals from states. Geoffrey Robertson, New Statesman Ruti Teitel has written a profound and important book. Her concept of 'humanity law' is the first successful effort that I have seen to capture and frame the deep paradigm shift that is taking place in international law and relations. She draws from the basic principles of the law of war, human rights law, and international criminal law to develop a powerful unifying framework based on the protection of persons and peoples both within states and between them. The rich tapestry of ideas and sources that this book weaves together will be studied for many years to come. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department In Humanity's Law Ruti Teitel offers a fascinating guided tour of the emerging synthesis of the international laws once separately described as human rights, the laws of war and international criminal justice. Here she traces both their separate origins and the many ways they have shaped and are reshaping each other. This book is essential reading for every student of international law and politics Michael Doyle, Columbia University Ruti Teitel has written a passionate and scholarly account of the emergence of a new transnational law centered on persons and peoples and infused with liberal and egalitarian values. Humanity's Law implicitly raises a fascinating question: How will humanity law adapt to the rise of Chinese power, and what will its impact be in a genuinely multicultural world order? Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University This is an important book because it introduces us to the idea of 'Humanity Law'-a paradigm shift in the way the world is governed in which law has a bigger place and in which individuals as well as states are the subjects of law Mary Kaldor, The London School of Economics Ruti Teitel is an international legal theorist that empirical scholars of international relations always find worthwhile to engage. In describing the paradigm shift from the law of nations to the law of humanity, she always keeps in sight the political context that motivates and reflects these changing legal ideas. Jack Snyder, Columbia University This masterful treatise by Teitel, a law professor at New York University, offers one of the best explanations yet of the complex, shifting normative foundations of international law. ... This book is an indispensable guide to understanding these intellectual transformations and their complicated implications for policymakers and the international community. Foreign Affairs ...the argument is presented in a convincing and comprehensible way. Gerd Hankel, Global Law Books

About the Author

Ruti G. Teitel is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, Visiting Professor at Hebrew University School of Law, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By me/myself on December 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Reflecting on international law's increasing concern for persons, this book proposes the conceptual merger of human rights law, the law of war, and international criminal law under the broad rubric of "humanity law." It suggests that international law's traditional state-centered structure not only fails to engage a host of important legal trends, it is ill-suited to an ever more interconnected and interdependent world.

The book is a wide-ranging and ambitious effort to make sense of recent legal developments and to lend these developments greater conceptual coherence. It takes inspiration from a range of intellectual traditions, including philosophy and political science, venturing far beyond the usual sources of legal commentary.

While the book's most valuable contribution is to theoretical understandings of international law, it also includes a very useful survey of recent legal trends. Among other issues, it explores counterterrorism, feminism, and the law of war, assessing the jurisprudence of international, regional, and domestic tribunals. Above all, it provides a thoughtful (and thought-provoking) analysis of our global legal order.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sieff on September 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Humanity's Law, Ruti Teitel, who coined the concept of "transitional justice", introduces another original and useful concept to capture the dramatic postwar transformation in the language of foreign policy. The concept of "humanity law" synthesizes human rights law, the laws of war, and international criminal law into a single, unifying framework, in contrast to other scholars, such as Samuel Moyn, who have argued that these three bodies of international law should be treated separately. Teitel helps us think through the distinctions and evolving connections between these three regulatory frameworks, and in doing so, offers a more precise, nuanced, and detailed map of our modern foreign policy vocabulary.
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