This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.

Human Rights, Humanitarianism and the Society of States

Human rights, humanitarianism and the society of states

War poses one kind of challenge to international society, but, perhaps counter-intuitively, humanitarianism poses another, especially if to be humanitarian is translated into support for human rights, as it so frequently is nowadays. War seems to violate the idea that international society is norm-governed, but, as we have seen, that notion can just about be preserved by understanding the role of force in the context of the Just War tradition. Humanitarianism poses a different kind of problem; if the essence of an international society is that it is composed of individual states is it not possible that these individual societies will have different conceptions of what it means to ...

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