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From a “Law of States” to a “Law for People”

Dr Joseph Camilleri is Professor of International Relations and the Director of the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). He has written and lectured extensively on international relations, governance and globalisation, human rights, North-South relations, international organisations, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific region. Professor Camilleri is actively engaged in international research, education and advocacy on issues of human rights, dialogue, global governance reform, peace and security. He is the recipient of the St Michael’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Community, and Australian President of the International Christian Peace Movement, Pax Christi.

The institutionalisation and codification of international law over the last six decades in the areas of trade, environment, criminal justice, and the law of the sea herald the start of the global age. However, the peace principle of such incipient globalisation is contradicted by the state-centric pursuit of public and private power that the international law principle of sovereignty justifies. International law, therefore, is still not global and will not be so until international law provides opportunities for the dialogue of polities, cultures, religions and civilisations. International law must move from a ‘law of states’ to a ‘law for the people.’

 (2007) 25 No 1  Law in Context 25-39

   
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