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Toward an International Rule of Law: Distinguishing International Law-Breakers from would-be Law-Makers

Goodin, Robert


An interesting fact about customary international law is that the only way you can propose an amendment to it is by breaking it. How can that be differentiated from plain law-breaking? What moral standards might apply to that sort of international conduct? I propose we use ones analogous to the ordinary standards for distinguishing civil disobedients from ordinary law-breakers: would-be law-makers, like civil disobedients, must break the law openly; they must accept the legal consequences of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ethics, The


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