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Promoting Peace Through International Law$
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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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The Politics of Peace and Law

The Politics of Peace and Law

Realism, Internationalism, and the Cosmopolitan Challenge

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(p.21) 2 The Politics of Peace and Law
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Promoting Peace Through International Law
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Kristoffer Lidén

Henrik Syse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.003.0002

The chapter introduces the origins of a liberal, rights-based, conception of peace in the political thought of Hobbes, Locke, and Kant, and outlines how this conception plays out in contemporary perspectives on international law as a source of peace, with a view to the strands of realism, internationalism, and cosmopolitanism. It is demonstrated how the argument for widening the scope of peace in international law beyond the regulation of interstate warfare relates to a liberal cosmopolitan challenge to the Westphalian state system, as defended by internationalism. It is also indicated why realists and internationalists would reject such a move and insist on subjecting concerns for peace to the principle of state sovereignty. The chapter focuses on a particular strand of political philosophy associated with ‘the liberal peace’. The argument serves as a vantage point for critical analysis of the presuppositions of contemporary legal debate on peace and conflict.

Keywords:   Hobbes, Locke, Kant, realism, internationalism, cosmopolitanism, liberal peace

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