One of the great tasks, perhaps the greatest, weighing on modern international lawyers is to craft a universal law and legal process capable of ordering relations among diverse people with differing religions, histories, cultures, laws, and languages. In so doing, we need to take the world's peoples as we find them and not pretend out of existence their wide variety.
This volume builds on the eleven essays edited by Mark Janis in 1991 in The Influence of Religion and the Development of International Law, more than doubling its authors and essays and covering more religious traditions. Now included are studies of the interface between international law and ancient religions, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as essays addressing the impact of religious thought on the literature and sources of international law, international courts, and human rights law.
No collection of sources, and no basic course offering, would be complete without access to this vivid collection of resources covering one of the most sensitive and pervasive features of the evolution and contemporary functioning of the Law of Nations.'
ASIL Newsletter, July 2000. '
Professor Janis, Ms Evans, and the eminent authors who have contributed to the very thoughtful presentations which make up this volume, are to be congratulated on assembling what must be one of the foremost compendiums of learning on this vitally important subject....In short, there is a mine of information on a topic which is vital to the future of international law.' From the preface by Judge Christopher Weeramantry (former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice). '
...a compendium of scholarship that no one interested in the topic can afford to be without' Malcolm Evans in ICLQ. '
Janis and Evans have cast their net wide, avoiding the trap of focussing only on European and West Asian roots of international law.' Steven D Jamar in
Journal of Law and Religion.
Table of contents
C.G. Weeramantry. Introduction;
M.W. Janis. Notes on the Authors.
1. Religion and the Sources of International Law in Antiquity;
2. The Confucian View of World Order;
F. Tse-shyang Chen.
3. International Law in Ancient Hindu India;
4. The Influence of Judaism on the Development of International Law: An Assessment;
5. A Survey of Islamic International Law;
6. Francisco Suárez on The Law of Nations;
7. Religion and the Literature of International Law: Some Standard Texts;
8. Images of Religion in International Legal Theory;
9. The Functions of Religion in the International Legal System;
10. Natural Law, Religion and the Development of International Law;
11. Protestants, Progress, and Peace: Enthusiasm for an International Court in Early Nineteenth-Century America;
12. American Versions of the International Law of Christendom: Kent, Wheaton and the Grotian Tradition;
13. Christianity and Theories of International Law in Nineteenth-Century Britain;
14. Spiritual Energy and Secular Power;
W. W. Park.
15. Losing Faith in the Secular: Law, Religion, and the Culture of International Governance;
16. The Global Resurgence of Religion, International Law and International Society;
17. British Quakers, the Peace Tax and International Law;
18. Islamic Fundamentalism and its Impact on International Law and Politics;
19. Religious Freedoms in European Human Rights Law: The Search for a Guiding Conception;
20. The Challenges of Human Rights Law for Religious Traditions;
21. Universal Rights Talk/Plurality of Voices: A Philosophical-Theological Hearing;
22. Looking for a Global Ethic? Try International Law;
W.P. George. Index