Humanity Discourse and the Disciplining of the State

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    Since the end of Cold War, international legal discussion and practice has been increasingly permeated by what this article calls “humanity discourse”. The article analyzes the discourse from a critical perspective. The main argument of the article is that the humanity discourse contributes to what Anne Orford has called the “battle for the State”, and consequently to the neoliberal project which is now a hegemonic power in global law and policy. This argument is supported both by an analysis of humanity discourse in academic discussions and an analysis of how humanity language has been used in practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChinese Journal of International Law
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)861-885
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 513 Law

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