This contribution focuses on the role of morality in international legal discourse. International lawyers endorse distinct methods and embrace particular concerns. Their arguments are oftentimes closely intertwined with the analysis and assessment of the practical consequences of the actual use of political leverage that builds on moral convictions or appeal. We distinguish three broad approaches: 1) Skepticism - morality is disguise and domination. 2) Foundation - universal morality provides the foundation of international law. 3) Process - law and morality stand in a constitutive relationship - morality is viewed as a possibility. The contribution argues that diverging conceptions, approaches and methods respond to distinct sensibilities and priorities of concerns that arise from diverging views on the existence and accessibility of a morality as well as on the reality of international law. Under the surface of distinct theoretical approaches to morality and international law loom diverging political judgments of the status quo of the current international legal order, of its history, its achievements and of its future.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
von Bernstorff & Venzke: Ethos, Ethics and Morality in International Relations
Jochen von Bernstorff (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law) & Ingo Venzke (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law) have posted Ethos, Ethics and Morality in International Relations (in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: