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Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law

Allen Buchanan


This book articulates a systematic vision of an international legal system grounded in the commitment to justice for all persons. It provides a probing exploration of the moral issues involved in disputes about secession, ethno‐national conflict, ‘the right of self‐determination of peoples’, human rights, and the legitimacy of the international legal system itself. The author advances vigorous criticisms of the central dogmas of international relations and international law, arguing that the international legal system should make justice, not simply peace, among states a primary goal, and reje ... More

Keywords: ethno‐national conflict, foreign policy, human rights, international law, international legal system, international relations, justice, legitimacy, moral foundation, moral theory, national interest, reform, secession, self‐determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198295359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Buchanan, author
Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy, Duke University
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