Research Handbook on International Law and Peace
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Research Handbook on International Law and Peace

Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet

Peace is an elusive concept, especially within the field of international law, varying according to historical era and between contextual applications within different cultures, institutions, societies, and academic traditions. This Research Handbook responds to the gap created by the neglect of peace in international law scholarship. Explaining the normative evolution of peace from the principles of peaceful co-existence to the UN declaration on the right to peace, this Research Handbook calls for the fortification of international institutions to facilitate the pursuit of sustainable peace as a public good.
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Chapter 3: Normative evolution of the international law of peace in a post-Western age

Cecilia M. Bailliet


This chapter traces the evolution of the international law of peace from the notion of a ‘right to peaceful coexistence’ contained in the Joint Statement on the Promotion of International Law issued by China and Russia in 2016 to the adoption of a Declaration on the Right to Peace by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in 2017. The chapter seeks to explains how the right to peace signals a new direction in the evolution of human rights law towards non-justiciable duties in the post-Western age and suggests that it might be beneficial to focus on institutions addressing the implementation of peace.

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