International Law As the Law of Collectives: Toward a Law of People (The Ashgate International Law Series)


Dr. John R. Morss is Senior Lecturer, School of Law, and member of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, at Deakin University, Australia.


This book is concerned with how we can make sense of the confusing landscape of individualistic explanation in international law. Arguing that international law lacks the vocabulary to deal with the collective dimension and therefore perpetuates an individualistic vocabulary, the book develops and articulates a more appropriate collective approach for public international law. In doing so, it reframes longstanding problems such as the conflict between self-determination and the integrity of states and the effects and the limits of state sovereignty in an increasingly globalized world. Presenting fresh perspectives on a range of contemporary issues in international law, the book draws on the work of major contributors to legal and political theory.


‘International Law as the Law of Collectives addresses one of the most important questions facing the world today: what are the proper boundaries between persons, peoples, and global justice? John Morss calls attention to the many areas of law in which all human beings belong to a single collective, with one justice to guide us and one international law to keep us safe’.–Mortimer Sellers, University of Baltimore, USA

Book Details

  • Series: The Ashgate International Law Series
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co; New edition edition (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409446476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409446477


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