on December 26, 2011
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.
on September 23, 2011
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.