Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs


Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs focuses on the problematic relationship between legality and legitimacy when nations intervene in the affairs of other nations. The volume features a wide range of experts who draw from a broad set of cases to consider when such intervention is legitimate even if it is not legal-and vice, versa. Chapters cover humanitarian intervention, nuclear norproliferation, military intervention, international criminal tribunals, interventions driven by environmental concerns, and the export of democracy. Since some interventions may be technically illegal yet still ethically legitimate, the contributors focus on establishing the grounds for legitimate intervention. Some cases, like Iraq, fail the test. Others, like Kosovo, come much closer to passing. By focusing on a diverse array of cases spanning a variety of issue areas, Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs establishes a clear framework for judging the legitimacy of such actions.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Richard Falk
  • Ramesh Thakur
  • Andrew Joseph Loomis
  • Amy Bartholomew
  • Friedrich Kratochwil
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2012


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