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Introductory Remarks by Steven Ratner

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2021

Steven Ratner
University of Michigan Law School. This panel was co-sponsored by the International Legal Theory Interest Group and the World Justice Project.
James Stewart
Peter A. Ballard School of Law, University of British Columbia.
Jiewuh Song
Seoul National University.
Carmen Pavel
King's College London.
David Luban
Georgetown University Law Center.


International law (IL) and political philosophy represent two rich disciplines for exploring issues of global justice. At their core, each seeks to build a better world based on some universally agreed norms, rules, and practices, backed by effective institutions. International lawyers, even the most positivist of them, have some underlying assumptions about a just world order that predisposes their interpretive methods; legal scholars have incorporated concepts of justice in their work even as their overall pragmatic orientation has limited the nature of their inquiries. Many philosophers, for their part, have engaged with IL to some extent—at a minimum recognizing that legal rules may need to be the vehicles for their own theories of justice, or going a step further to appraise them for their underlying moral content.

International Law and Theories of Global Justice
Copyright © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The American Society of International Law.

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This panel was convened at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020, by its moderator Steven Ratner of the University of Michigan Law School, who introduced the panelists: Jiewuh Song of Seoul National University; Carmen E. Pavel of King's College London; James Graham Stewart of the Peter A. Ballard School of Law, University of British Columbia; and David Luban of Georgetown University Law Center.