Contributions to Disciplinary Thought
Edited by Jean d’Aspremont and Sahib Singh
Chapter 23: Humanity
Humanity is a complex concept, used for multiple political purposes in both international legal practice and academic literature. In addition to providing a brief historical overview of the uses of ‘humanity’ in international law, this chapter seeks to understand the ways in which the concept is embedded in power relations. The argument put forward is that the concept has been used especially to discipline states, limit their domestic planning and shape them towards a certain model. Contrary to the work of many authors, however, the article does not approach the disciplining of the state as a step towards an emerging global law of humanity, but primarily as a governmental strategy aimed at making the globe governable.
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