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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Ethos, Ethics, and Morality in International Relations

Jochen von Bernstorff, Ingo Venzke

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 June 2022

Act of state — Erga omnes obligations — Legitimacy

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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 16th century and the work of Hugo Grotius...
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