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A Liberal Theory of International Justice

Andrew Altman and Christopher Heath Wellman


This book advances a novel theory of international justice that combines the orthodox liberal notion that the lives of individuals are what ultimately matter morally with the putatively antiliberal idea of an irreducibly collective right of self‐governance. The individual and his or her rights are placed at center stage insofar as political states are judged legitimate if they adequately protect the human rights of their constituents and respect the rights of all others. Yet, the book argues that legitimate states have a moral right to self‐determination and that this right is inherently colle ... More

Keywords: international justice, human rights, sovereignty, international criminal law, secession, humanitarian intervention, assassination, immigration, democracy, dist ributive justice, self‐determination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564415
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Altman, author
Professor of Philosophy and Director, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University.
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Christopher Heath Wellman, author
Professor of Philosophy, Washington University-St. Louis and Professorial Fellow at CAPPE, Charles Sturt University.