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Steven Ratner
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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    Survey Article: Global Investment Rules as a Site for Moral Inquiry.Steven R. Ratner - 2019 - Journal of Political Philosophy 27 (1):107-135.
    The legal regime regulating cross-border investment gives key rights to foreign investors and places significant duties on states hosting that investment. It also raises distinctive moral questions due to its potential to constrain a state’s ability to manage its economy and protect its people. Yet international investment law remains virtually untouched as a subject of philosophical inquiry. The questions of international political morality surrounding investment rules can be mapped through the lens of two critiques of the law – that it (...)
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    Predator and Prey: Seizing and Killing Suspected Terrorists Abroad.Steven R. Ratner - 2007 - Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (3):251–275.
  3. The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations.Steven R. Ratner - 2015 - Oxford University Press.
    Offering a new interdisciplinary approach to global justice and integrating the insights of international relations and contemporary ethics, this book asks whether the core norms of international law are just by appraising them according to a standard of global justice grounded in the advancement of peace and protection of human rights.
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    Complicity and Compromise in the Law of Nations.Steven R. Ratner - 2016 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 10 (3):559-573.
    This paper considers the implications of Chiara Lepora and Robert Goodin's On Complicity and Compromise (OUP, 2013) for our understanding of international law. That volume systematizes and evaluates individuals’ ethical choices in getting (too) close to evil acts. For the law of nations, these concepts are relevant in three critical ways. First, they capture the dilemmas of those charged with implementing international law, e.g., Red Cross delegates pledged to confidentiality learning of torture in a prison. Second, they offer a rubric (...)
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    Is International Law Impartial?Steven R. Ratner - 2005 - Legal Theory 11 (1):39-74.
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    :Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism.Steven R. Ratner - 2005 - Ethics 115 (3):633-638.
    This volume presents human rights in action, focussing on their effectiveness as legal tools designed to benefit human beings. By combining conceptual analysis with an emphasis on procedures and mechanisms of implementation, it provides a multidimensional overview of human rights. Beginning with an analysis of the historical and conceptual foundations of human rights, the volume then focusses upon the different mechanisms which may be employed in translating human rights from a promise into a reality. Special emphasis is placed upon the (...)
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    Overcoming Temptations to Violate Human Dignity in Times of Crisis: On the Possibilities for Meaningful Self-Restraint.Steven R. Ratner - 2004 - Theoretical Inquiries in Law 5 (1):81-109.
    The codification of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and the accession to those treaties by a large majority of states, does not at first glance seem to have any significant effect upon states' behavior in situations of crisis. Any understanding of the prospects for such law in these situations requires an appraisal of both the motivations of states in concluding these treaties and the pressures on them to ignore them. This paper analyzes those motivations and temptations through (...)
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    Bringing Ethical Inquiry Into International Law.Steven R. Ratner - unknown
    International law and ethics share a common goal of helping us understand the norms and institutions needed to promote a just world order. Yet each of the two fields has approached this shared task with little regard for the insights of other, and interdisciplinary collaboration is now imperative. This essay shows the complementary nature of inquiries in political and moral philosophy, on the one hand, and international law, on the other, by examining the so-called New Haven School (or policy-oriented jurisprudence), (...)
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    Book ReviewsChristian Tomuschat,. Human Rights: Between Idealism and Realism.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. 333. $72.00. [REVIEW]Steven R. Ratner - 2005 - Ethics 115 (3):633-638.
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