This issue features Yvonne Terlingen of Amnesty International discussing the Human Rights Council; Adam Branch on Uganda and the politics of ICC intervention; Thomas Hurka of the University of Toronto, on liability and just cause; Luis Cabrera of Arizona State University, on global governance and transnational democracy; Anthony Lang, Jr. of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, on holding states accountable; plus a variety of book reviews.
Editors' Note [Full Text]
Sometimes change is revolutionary, but more often it tends to be evolutionary. That is why many readers might not even notice that there are a number of changes, both visual and substantive, that distinguish this issue of EIA from those that have come before it.
The Human Rights Council: A New Era in UN Human Rights Work? [Full Text]
Kofi Annan did more than any UN secretary-general before him to stress the close link between human rights and peace and security. With the creation of the Human Rights Council, said Annan, "a new era in the human rights work of the United Nations has been proclaimed."
Uganda's Civil War and the Politics of ICC Intervention [Full Text]
The International Criminal Court's intervention into the ongoing civil war in northern Uganda evoked a chorus of confident predictions as to its capacity to bring peace and justice to the war-torn region. However, this optimism is unwarranted.
Liability and Just Cause [Abstract]
This paper is a response to Jeff McMahan's "Just Cause for War" (EIA, 19.3, 2005). It defends a more permissive, and more traditional view of just war liability against McMahan's claims.
The Inconveniences of Transnational Democracy [Abstract]
Suprastate policy formation in such bodies as the WTO remains fundamentally exclusive of individuals within states. This article critiques the "don't kill the goose" arguments commonly offered in defense of such exclusions.
Crime and Punishment: Holding States Accountable [Abstract]
Should states be held responsible and punished for violations of international law? This article argues that they can and should be.
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers
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These two books are the inaugural releases in Norton's Issues of Our Time series, but they are linked by much more than this fact. Each is a measured attack on the cultural separatism prevalent in many academic and policy circles.
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues [Full Text]
Catharine MacKinnon's fundamental claim is that the violence and abuse routinely inflicted on women by men is not treated with the same seriousness accorded to a human rights violation, or torture, or terrorism, or a war crime, or a crime against humanity, or an atrocity.
Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights [Full Text]
Although the focus of "Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights" is practical, Gould does not shy away from hard theoretical questions, such as the relentless debate over cultural relativism, and the relationship between terrorism and democracy.
A Turn to Empire: The Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France [Full Text]
Jennifer Pitts asserts that imperialism was not essential to the liberal project, as is so often alleged by its critics, most recently and systematically by Uday Singh Mehta in his important study "Liberalism and Empire".
Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism [Full Text]
This volume of collected essays by Michael Walzer seeks to bring a more concentrated focus on specifically Jewish outlooks regarding three key themes: "Political Order and Civil Society"; "Territory, Sovereignty, and International Society"; and "War and Peace."
The Good Fight: Why Liberals--and Only Liberals--Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again [Full Text]
Peter Beinart's new book offers the Democratic Party a "new liberalism," a vision he bases on the party's history of moral leadership and success in combating totalitarianism in the post–World War II era.