Punishment, Justice and International Relations: Ethics and Order after the Cold War

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This book examines the international political order in the post-Cold War era, arguing that this order has become progressively more punitive. This is seen as resulting from both a human-rights regime that emphasizes legal norms and the aggressive policies of the United States and its allies in the ‘War on Terror’. While punishment can play a key role in creating justice in a political system, serious flaws in the current global order militate against punishment-enforcing global norms. The book argues for the necessary presence of three key concepts - justice, authority and agency - if punishment is to function effectively, and explores four practices in the current international system: intervention, sanctions, counter- terrorism policy, and war crimes tribunals. It concludes by suggesting ways to revise the current global political structure in order to enable punitive practices to play a more central role in creating a just world order.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages204
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-92714-4
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-57031-2, 978-0-415-43907-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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