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Carmen Pavel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Ratner's extensive experience as an expert and adviser to the Unites States' government, international non-governmental organizations and various international institutions on a wide range of issues... brings rich texture to the discussion of the effects of international law rules on protecting peace and respecting human rights. This feature is reason enough to read the book, for a reader unfamiliar with international law will gain more than a basic understanding of
its operation. It also marks the book as a vast improvement over the ample scholarly discourse on global justice, which has paid scant attention to the way in which international law operates and the values it embodies. International law is at best marginal to such discourse, and if it plays any role
at all is to serve as a contrast to strongly idealized concepts of an international global order.
Patrick Macklem, Michigan Law Review Steven Ratners The Thin Justice of International Law offers a timely, comprehensive and theoretically rich interdisciplinary theory of international law's relationship with global justice. It is a major contribution to the burgeoning literature on global justice, with a fine eye to legal detail and institutional design.
Christoph Kletzer, Law and Philosophy Ratner is able to convey the crux of complex debates in a couple of sentences and he takes many controversial issues head on. The combination of detailed knowledge of international law and its connexion to philosophical conceptions also makes this book a perfect introduction to international law... it needs to be wholeheartedly applauded.
David Lefkowitz, Ethics Ratner does not limit his engagement with political philosophy to one topic or his philosophical interlocutors to one or two big names. Rather, he makes the courageous choice to dive into the deep end of contemporary political philosophy, to engage with arguments made by more than two dozen theorists on topics including war, self-determination and secession, state borders, sovereign equality, human rights, universal jurisdiction, global trade, and international
Alejandro Chehtman, The Modern Law Review The Thin Justice of International Law is carefully written and meticulously argued; it covers a vast array of issues and contemporary debates. Furthermore, it does so with impressive command of the relevant arguments in both law and philosophy. Ratner's conclusions are always judicious and sensible.
Nikolaos Pavlopoulos, International and Comparative Law Quarterly The Thin Justice of International Law provides a unique perspective on the ethical underpinnings of the international legal order and the ability of international law to contribute to a more just world order... [It] is undoubtedly a source from which related interdisciplinary debates can emerge.
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Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. His research has focused on a range of contemporary challenges facing governments and international institutions, including ethnic conflict, territorial borders, implementation of peace agreements, regulation of foreign investment and global business, the normative orders concerning armed conflict, and accountability for human rights violations. For the last ten years his research has concerned issues at the intersection of ethics and international law. Outside the academy, he was a member of the UN Secretary-General's Group of Experts on Cambodia in 1998-99 and of the UN's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka in 2010-11. Since 2009, he has served on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law.
Introduction: Looking for Justice in International Law ; PART I: THE FRAMEWORK OF THIN JUSTICE ; 1. Legal and Ethical Approaches to Global Justice: The Dialogue of the (Near-)Deaf ; 2. Conceptual Groundwork for a Standard of Global Justice ; 3. A Standard of Global Justice ; PART II: THE JUSTICE OF CORE NORMS ON STATEHOOD ; 4. Norms of Territorial Integrity and Political Independence: The Ban on the Use of Force and Non-Intervention ; 5. The Claims of Peoples: Self-Determination and State Borders ; 6. Norms of Participation: Sovereign Equality of States ; 7. Sovereign Equality's Limits: Membership and Decisionmaking in International Organizations ; PART III: THE JUSTICE OF TERRITORIALLY BASED PROTECTIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ; 8. Human Rights for Whom? Territoriality, Extraterritoriality, and Universal Jurisdiction ; 9. Extraterritorial Protection through Force: From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect ; PART IV: THE JUSTICE OF CORE NORMS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMY ; 10. Regulating Global Trade ; 11. Regulating Foreign Investment ; PART V: LIMITATIONS AND ASPIRATIONS ; 12. The Limits of Thin Justice: International Humanitarian, Criminal, and Environmental Law ; 13. Beyond Thin Justice