Ethos, Ethics, and Morality in International Relations
Jochen von Bernstorff, Ingo Venzke
- 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 16th century and the work of Hugo Grotius...