Date: April 6, 2011
This issue features an essay by Shashi Tharoor on Security Council reform; feature articles by Kirsten Ainley on "excesses of responsibility" in international criminal law and by Daniele Archibugi and David Held on the paths toward cosmopolitan democracy and the agents who may have an interest in bringing it about; a review essay by Stephen Guest on Ronald Dworkin's magnum opus, Justice for Hedgehogs; and book reviews.
Essay [Full Text]
Security Council Reform: Past, Present, and Future [Full Text]
The problem of reforming the Security Council is rather akin to a situation in which a number of doctors gather around a patient and all agree on the diagnosis, but they cannot agree on the prescription.
Excesses of Responsibility: The Limits of Law and the Possibilities of Politics [Abstract]
Since 1945 responsibility for atrocity has been individualized, and international tribunals and courts have been given effective jurisdiction over it. This article argues that the move to individual responsibility leaves significant "excesses" of responsibility for war crimes unaccounted for.
Cosmopolitan Democracy: Paths and Agents [Abstract]
This article shows that there are a variety of paths that could lead to more democratic global governance, and that there are a diversity of political, economic and social agents that have an interest in the pursuit of cosmopolitan democracy.
Review Essay [Abstract]
The Unity and Objectivity of Value
In "Justice for Hedgehogs," Ronald Dworkin boldly affirms the independence of arguments of value, arguments that remain securely within their own domain. Mostly, but not at all exclusively, he is concerned with moral value.
Book Reviews [Full Text]
"The Honor Code" by Kwame Anthony Appiah [Full Text]
Far from being obsolete, Kwame Appiah argues, honor is alive and well today--and that is a very good thing. Honor persists because it reflects timeless truths of moral and social psychology. It answers to our common need for recognition.
"Cosmopolitan Regard: Political Membership and Global Justice" by Richard Vernon [Full Text]
"Cosmopolitan Regard" is an impressive addition to the small but growing body of literature on global justice that tries to find a midpoint between cosmopolitanism and statism or nationalism.
"The Practice of Global Citizenship" by Luis Cabrera [Full Text]
In this book, Luis Cabrera examines the actions that ordinary citizens might take as a way of promoting and protecting human rights. Cabrera ties together an analysis that traverses the local, the national, the subregional, the regional, and the global.
"Global Justice and Due Process" by Larry May [Full Text]
In his latest book, Larry May argues that two rights--the right to habeas corpus and to non-refoulement--should be incorporated as norms of international law that bind states even if they reject them.
"Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference" by Jane Burbank and Fredrick Cooper [Full Text]
This impressive volume significantly contributes to our understanding of imperial politics and dynamics and of the way they continue to shape history. The authors provide a concise overview of a number of imperial formations, from classical Rome to the United States.
"Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey" by Thomas G. Weiss and Ramesh Thakur [Full Text]
This book identifies "gaps" in world order and the ways that the UN has evolved to manage those gaps, albeit in a somewhat ad hoc fashion; and it offers perhaps the most integrated and big-picture perspective of the United Nations in contemporary international relations literature.
Briefly Noted [Full Text]
Briefly Noted [Full Text]
This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.