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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195370910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195370911
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.8 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: #1,088,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 best study yet of how international law is shifting emphasis from bolstering the security of states to protecting individuals from states."-New Statesman


"This engaging book draws on a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives as it considers legal and political developments related to violent conflict globally. Professor Teitel's book provides a nuanced and comprehensive look at how global affairs have evolved as individual interests increasingly drive conflict management." -Harvard Law Review


"A powerful account of one of the central transformations of the post-Cold War era: the profound normative shift in the international legal order from prioritizing state security to protecting human securityELessential reading for anyone attempting to grasp the momentous changes occurring in global affairs as the management of conflict is increasingly driven by the claims and interests of persons and peoples, and state sovereignty itself is transformed." -International Law Reporter


"A humanity law is currently emerging, in which a paradigm change is evident that is a shift away from law primarily as a model for the resolution of conflict between states and towards law as an instrument that recognizes the respect for fundamental human and group rights as the main condition of its validity. Needless to say, Ruti Teitel is fully aware that this development is difficult and frequently threatened by setbacks. However, she also knows-and conveys the information to the reader convincingly in nine extensively annotated chapters-that a large number of stages in this direction have been achieved, which are irreversible, despite the resistance of numerous states."-European Journal of International Law


"A major contribution to understanding the transformed baselines of international law, an integrated account of how international law has reoriented to humanity." -Opinio Juris


"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, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department


"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, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department


"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, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University


"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, Professor of International Relations, Columbia 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, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science


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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