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This issue includes an essay by Jacinta O’Hagan and Miwa Hirono on “cultures of humanitarianism” in East Asia; articles by Christopher Kutz on torture, American security policy, and norm death, and Ruben Reike on an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; a book symposium on Mathias Risse’s On Global Justice, featuring contributions from Richard Arneson, Helena de Bres, Anna Stilz, and Risse; and a review essay by Nancy Birdsall on Thomas Piketty’s Capital.
When does protected expression venture into the realm of hate speech, and who should determine when a particular expression qualifies as such?
What are the implications of the emerging diversity in humanitarianism? By examining such traditions in East Asia, we can better understand variations in the idea across cultures.
Modern law’s response to mass atrocities vacillates equivocally in how it understands the dramatis personae to these expansive tragedies, at once extraordinary and ubiquitous.
Much recent global justice theory consists of arguing for the idea that we owe more to fellow countrymen than to mere foreigners. Risse’s book is the most sophisticated elaboration and defense of these convictions concerning national partiality.
Risse tries to stake out a middle ground between those who fail to recognize the full normative significance of contemporary international relationships and those who ground highly demanding moral requirements in social structures that cannot bear the weight.
The climate problem is usually misdiagnosed as a traditional tragedy of the commons, but this obscures two deeper and distinctively ethical challenges. We must call for a global constitutional convention focused on future generations.