A Philosophy of International Law


Why should sovereign states obey international law? In this groundbreaking study, Fernando Teson, both a lawyer & a philosopher, argues that an overlapping respect for human rights has created a moral common ground among the countries of the world. It is this common set of values rather than self-interest that ultimately provides legitimacy to international law. Using the tools of moral philosophy, Teson analyzes the concepts of sovereignty, intervention, & national interest; the contributions of social contact theory, game theory, & feminist theory; & the puzzles of self-determination & group rights.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1998


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