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Rethinking the Principle of (Sovereign) Equality as a Standard of Civilisation

Aalberts, Tanja E

Millennium - Journal of International Studies, June 2014, Vol.42(3), pp.767-789 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Rethinking the Principle of (Sovereign) Equality as a Standard of Civilisation
  • Autor: Aalberts, Tanja E
  • Assuntos: Standard of Civilisation ; Politics of International Law ; Equality ; Sovereignty ; Governmentality ; Imperialism ; Liberal Internationalism ; International Relations ; Law
  • É parte de: Millennium - Journal of International Studies, June 2014, Vol.42(3), pp.767-789
  • Descrição: The standard of civilisation is most often identified as the infamous legal doctrine that legitimised imperialist rule and the exclusion of non-European non-Christian states from the international society. In disciplinary narratives of both International Relations and International Law this colonial project is usually presented as a mere interlude on the way to a mature and inclusive international society based sovereign equality as its organising principle. In line with more critical historiography, which shows how colonialism is the condition of possibility for both sovereignty and international law, this article investigates how a standard of civilisation is inherent in political legal practices of international ordering. Moreover, while usually presented as a practice of exclusion, this article will analyse the more intricate dynamic of inclusion and exclusion as a basis for international order by addressing the legal politics of subjecthood (as objects and subjects of the...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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