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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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Promoting Peace through International Law

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Promoting Peace Through International Law

Cecilia M. Bailliet

Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen

Oxford University Press

The introduction outlines both the relationship between international law and peace and that between international legal scholarship and peace research. The chapter presents differing concepts of ‘peace’, ranging from ‘negative peace’ (which implies the absence of violence), including references to principled, realistic, selective, and prudential pacifism, to ‘positive peace’ (which refers to the absence of structural violence). The chapter explains the editors’ support for realistic peace and calls for a renewed focus on a holistic concept of peace that takes into account the relevance of the principles of social justice, human rights, non-discrimination, sustainable development, and fair trade. The chapter describes the role of ‘peace’ in the UN Charter and introduces components of peace, together with recommendations concerning that concept.

Keywords:   international law, negative peace, positive peace, UN Charter, components of peace, realistic pacifism

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