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Fundamental Institutions and International Organizations: Solidarist Architecture

  • Tonny Brems Knudsen
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)

Abstract

This chapter argues that the establishment and development of the UN and the ICC have shaped and changed the constitutive principles and reproducing practices of war (restricted and rationalized for common purposes), great power management (providing for concerted action) and international law (providing for collective enforcement). Furthermore, the UN and the ICC have played an important part in the evolution of a set of fundamental institutions which are constitutive of a solidarist international society as traditionally defined in the Grotian-solidarist theory and thought, namely, humanitarian intervention, international criminal jurisdiction and (various forms of) international trusteeship. These institutions involve practices which are potentially constitutive of international humanitarian government and collective enforcement, but they have also given rise to considerable turbulence as states and other actors try to balance pluralist and solidarist concerns as well as more immediate political interests in complex institutional settings.

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  • Tonny Brems Knudsen
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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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