Opening words by Jan Klabbers, Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki
Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University
David Scott, PhD researcher in international law at Glasgow University
Pamela Slotte, Professor of Religion and Law at Åbo Akademi University and Vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives at the University of Helsinki
Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça, Associate Professor in International Law at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Affiliated Research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki
Comments by Ukri Soirila, Post-doctoral researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.
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This book provides the first comprehensive introduction to the role of humanity in international law, offering a fresh perspective to a discussions with global implications. The 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century witnessed the sporadic emergence of a new vision of global law. Although the vision has taken many different forms, all instances of it have been uniform in the attempt of radically altering how we understand international law by seeking to posit the human as the primary subject of the international legal order and humanity as its main source of legitimacy. Together, this book calls these instances “the law of humanity project”. In so doing, it also paints a picture of and critically assesses a particular moment in the history of international law – a moment which may have already come to a sudden end as a consequence of the current populist backlash in world politics, but during which it seemed inevitable that the law of humanity vision would come to play an increasingly important role in world affairs.
The Law of Humanity: A Story of International Law Reform and State-making can be ordered at Bloomsbury with 20% discount using the code UG7 at the checkout.
About the author
Ukri Soirila is a senior lecturer in International Law at the Faculty of Law and post-doctoral researcher in the Intergovernmental Organisations between Mission and Market (PRIVIGO) research project at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights.