This issue features Campbell Craig on the resurgent idea of world government; James Pattison on just war theory and the privatization of military force; a symposium on the rights of irregular migrants, with a lead essay by Joseph Carens and responses from Christina Boswell, David Miller, Bridget Anderson, and Marit Hovdal Moan; and a review essay by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin on expanding the boundaries of transitional justice.
It also includes book reviews and a "Briefly Noted" section, which covers recent books in the field of international relations.
The Resurgent Idea of World Government [Full Text]
The idea of world government is returning to the mainstream of scholarly thinking about international relations. Will the world-government movement become a potent political force, or will it fade away as it did in the late 1940s?
Just War Theory and the Privatization of Military Force [Abstract]
Private military companies are taking over a growing number of roles traditionally performed by the regular military. This article uses the framework of just war theory to consider the central normative issues raised by this privatization of military force.
The Rights of Irregular Migrants [Abstract]
Irregular migrants are morally entitled to a wide range of legal rights, including basic human and civil rights. Therefore, states ought to create a firewall between those charged with protecting and enforcing these rights and those charged with enforcing immigration laws.
The Elusive Rights of an Invisible Population [Excerpt]
Carens's suggestion for a so-called firewall protecting irregular migrants' basic rights creates serious problems of coherence and feasibility for the legal and political systems of host countries.
Irregular Migrants: An Alternative Perspective [Excerpt]
While accepting Carens's view that irregular migrants can rightfully claim from the state protection of human rights, Miller disagrees that such migrants can claim rights of citizenship.
Migrants and Work-related Rights [Excerpt]
Carens's discussion of the work-related rights of irregular migrants fails to consider the differentiated employment rights of legal temporary migrants, permanent residents, and citizens.
Immigration Policy and "Immanent Critique" [Excerpt]
Carens's use of 'immanent critique' to ground his moral prescriptions on the not yet realized normative purposes of the immigration policies of liberal democratic states meets with only partial success.
Expanding the Boundaries of Transitional Justice [Excerpt]
This essay examines "Justice as Prevention: Vetting Public Employees in Transitional Societies," Alexander Mayer-Rieckh and Pablo de Greiff eds., and "What Happened to the Women? Gender and Reparations for Human Rights Violations," Ruth Rubio-Marin, ed.
International Legitimacy and World Society [Full Text]
Clark seems caught not just between two concepts—international and world society—but between his two goals: the historical goal of recovering the politics of world society, and the analytical goal of specifying the concept.
Bioethics and Armed Conflict: Moral Dilemmas of Medicine and War [Full Text]
This book is important as an analysis of some of the least-discussed dilemmas related to warfare. But its value extends beyond its novel subject matter to include its innovative methodology.
Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right: Who Owes What to the Very Poor? [Full Text]
All the contributors to this impressive volume agree that freedom from poverty is a basic human right, but they differ in how best to argue in its support. In general, there are two ways. One is to ground the right in a negative right, while the other is to ground it in a positive right.
A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy [Full Text]
Part of what makes Roberts and Parks's argument unusual and original is not the end point—that ultimately we will all need to radically cut carbon output—but the causal role that they think fairness and talk of fairness play in getting there.
The One and the Many: Reading Isaiah Berlin [Full Text]
This is a collection of 13 essays, all but two of which are newly commissioned, covering Berlin's multifaceted oeuvre as much as a single book can. The authors are specialists in different fields who do not seem to have much in common except one belief: Berlin matters.
Briefly Noted [Full Text]
This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.