The International System And Contemporary International Law Essay

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In Unjust Justice, Chantal Delsol evaluates the contemporary international system and contemporary international law, the regulation of relations between sovereign states, by defending various principles that she claims will be violated by the potential formation of a “world government”. The principles that Delsol defends in response to recent steps toward a universal state are found in the works of modern thinker, Emer de Vattel, and medieval thinker, Thomas Aquinas. Furthermore, her critique of contemporary international law is complimentary and reflective of the arguments made by Vattel and Aquinas. Specifically, her critique of the contemporary international system is to preserve the principles of state sovereignty, diversity, and politics. Delsol’s interpretation of contemporary international law should be used to protect these traditional principles of international law, defended by Vattel and Aquinas, against the establishment of a universal state. Delsol’s discusses how the “murderous character of the twentieth century emerged” from conflict between morality and faith in order to explain how the idea of a world government emerged. After the Cold War, it was evident that people had been obedient to authority instead of morality. Delsol argues that this led to a “contemporary resolve to establish institutions of international justice” in order “to make ethics or morality everywhere supreme over obedience to a leader or to a system.” The emergence of an
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