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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Ethos, Ethics, and Morality in International Relations

Jochen von Bernstorff, Ingo Venzke

Subject(s):
Act of state — Erga omnes obligations — Legitimacy

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In common understanding, morality refers to normative convictions of an individual or a group of individuals; ethos is understood as a part of morality that concerns an individual’s or a community’s self-understanding; and the theoretical reflection of moral convictions is referred to as ethics. One of the oldest and most crucial questions in international relations and international law has been: how to conceive the relationship between morality and international law? Ever since the Spanish scholastics of the 16 th century and the work of Hugo Grotius...
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