International Legal Personality (Paperback)

Panacea or Pandemonium? Theorizing about the Individual and the State in the Era of Globalization

By Christopher Barbara

VDM Verlag, 9783639115147, 68pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2008

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With news of human suffering flowing into the homes of the world on a daily basis, Man is more attuned than ever to the pitiful circumstances faced by many of his brethren. It is the professed goal of international law to serve Man, yet contemporary international legal theory construes Man as a legal non-entity resigned to languish forever in the shadow of the state. This book seeks to explore the future of international law in the contemporary context of globalization. In light of the newly developed 'interest based' theory of globalization, it becomes apparent that contemporary human societies will in the future no longer so readily tolerate a derivative international legal personality. The inflexible concept of 'state' is thus singled out as the main hindrance to the development of an international society which accords with the direction 'interest based' globalization is asking it to take. Thus it is seen that globalization as well as the core principles of legal science are militating for a system which privileges the wellbeing of Man above all else. Topical and refreshingly argued, this book will no doubt prove both fascinating and helpful to the layman and scholar alike.