Ethics and International Affairs: Extent and Limits (Second edition)


  • Edited by Jean-Marc Coicaud and Daniel Warner

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    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1225-1
    United Nations University Press
    June 2013

    Ethics and International Affairs explores the extent and limits of contemporary international ethics and examines the ways in which the international community has responded to some of the most crucial challenges since the end of the Cold War.

    At the centre of the book is a discussion of how responsibility is viewed at individual, national, and international levels when facing the problems of human rights, humanitarian intervention, environmental issues, considerations of gender, international economic justice, matters of war and peace, and the plight of refugees. While some authors revisit the conception and interpretation of international ethics, others focus on the necessity to push for the better implementation and improvement of existing international norms.

    The result is an examination of how ethics are defined in today’s specific contexts and how an understanding of the ethical may be developed from the articulation of the dilemmas encountered.

    The issues tackled in the book were already topical over ten years ago, at the time of the first edition. In 2013, the year of publication for this second edition, following the tumultuous decade of the early 2000s, they have only gained in importance.

    About the Editors:

    Jean-Marc Coicaud is a Professor of Law and Global Affairs and Director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University.  Daniel Warner is the Assistant Director for International Affairs at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

    Table of Contents:

    Introduction to the second edition: International ethics ten years later: Any progress? Jean-Marc Coicaud and Daniel Warner
    International law as an approach to international ethics: A plea for a jurisprudential diagnostics, Friedrich Kratochwil
    The ethics of modern diplomacy, Roberto Toscano
    Violence and ethics: Beyond the reason of state paradigm, Pierre Hassner
    Justice and international order: The case of Bosnia and Kosovo, David Campbell
    Ethics and international human rights, Jack Donnelly
    Environmental ethics in international society, Oran R. Young
    Ethics, feminism and international affairs, Kimberly Hutchings
    Ethics and refugees, Mark Gibney
    Does globalization have an ethical problem?, Ethan B. Kapstein
    Conclusion: The task(s) of international ethics, Nicholas Rengger

  • “This book will be particularly useful for students coming into the field of ethics in international relations. It introduces key ethical problems as they arise in connection with diplomacy, violence, international order, international law, human rights, feminist issues in world politics, refugees, and globalization. The authors engage with these topics from a range of rival perspectives. It is not often that such an illustrious group of scholars in normative international relations theory are to be found presenting their positions in a single volume. Readers will come away from this collection intellectually excited and ethically committed to seeking out solutions to some hard ethical questions.”

    Mervyn Frost, Professor of International Relations, Head of Department, War Studies, King’s College, London

    “A very welcome second edition with important new material, Coicaud and Warner’s selections eschew ideal and abstract moral considerations in favour of practical reasoning and demonstrations of the actual penetration of ethical principles in international affairs. For those who want to know about operative ethical principles, instead of the fairy tale world of Rawlsian ideal theorising, and who want practical reasoning about how those principles might be elaborated, start here.”

    Cornelia Navari, Professor of International Affairs, University of Buckingham, UK

    “When Ethics and International Affairs appeared in 2001, it was one of the best of the early efforts to give some normative perspective on the global realm. With this second edition, the editors and contributors have continued to advance our understanding of ethics in the international order. The volume takes into account the radical changes in the global order – the war on terror, the 2003 war in Iraq, and the global financial crisis – and demonstrates the continuing importance of ethical perspectives on these and other events. This book is essential reading for any student of normative theory or international affairs.”

    Anthony F. Lang, Jr, Reader, School of International Relations and Director, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St Andrews