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5 - An International Rule of Law?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 October 2020

David Lefkowitz
Affiliation:
University of Richmond
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This chapter considers the extent to which the (so-called) international legal order provides an example of government in accordance with the rule of law. It begins in the first two sections with a discussion of the elements that comprise that ideal, before turning in the third section to competing accounts of its value; that is, explanations of what makes government in accordance with the rule of law (morally) superior to other forms of rule. The chapter concludes with a somewhat pessimistic assessment of the degree to which the international legal order exhibits fidelity to the ideal of the rule of law.

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Philosophy and International Law
A Critical Introduction
, pp. 73 - 97
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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