While skepticism about the role of moral considerations in international politics has been influential within the discipline of international relations (IR), those writing on topics such as war, peace, rights and trade up until the twentieth century took seriously the importance of ethical values and moral debates. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a substantial growth of attention to the ways in which IR conceives and analyzes themes of an ethical nature, and how issues, problems and policies involving ethics are addressed by a variety of actors within the international system. This indispensable research companion widens the perspective from 'ethics and international relations' to 'ethics in international relations', redressing the (mis)perception that ethical concepts, principles, norms and rules are not in part constitutive of the international system and the agents acting within that system. Necessarily cross-disciplinary, expertise is drawn from IR and also philosophy, political theory, religious studies, history and law, making this an ideal volume for any library reference collection.

chapter |10 pages


ByPatrick Hayden

part |2 pages

Part I Ethical Traditions and Normative Perspectives

chapter 1|14 pages

The Origins of Realism Revisited

ByGabriella Slomp

chapter 2|16 pages


ByAndrew Williams

chapter 3|20 pages

Cosmopolitanism Past and Present

ByPatrick Hayden

chapter 4|16 pages

Critical Theory, Marxism and International Ethics

BySteven C. Roach

chapter 5|18 pages

Feminist Ethics in World Politics

ByFiona Robinson

chapter 6|16 pages


ByMaja Zehfuss

part |2 pages

Part II The Ethics of War and Peace

chapter 7|18 pages

Just War Theory and the Ethics of War and Peace

ByBrian Orend

chapter 8|18 pages

Humanitarian Intervention

ByAnthony F. Lang, Jr

chapter 9|16 pages

From State Security to Human Security?

ByMatthew S. Weinert

chapter 10|16 pages

Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction

BySteven P. Lee

chapter 11|16 pages

Pacifism and International Relations

ByIain Atack

part |2 pages

Part III The Ethics and Politics of Human Rights

chapter 12|14 pages

Human Rights Universalism

ByAnthony J. Langlois

chapter 13|18 pages

Genocide: Ethical and Normative Perspectives

ByAdam Jones

chapter 14|14 pages

Gender and Human Rights

BySerena Parekh

chapter 15|14 pages

Children’s Human Rights and the Politics of Childhood

ByAlison M.S. Watson

chapter 16|14 pages

Human Rights and Democracy

chapter 17|16 pages

Transitional Justice: From the Local to the International

ByElizabeth Stanley

part |2 pages

Part IV Dimensions of International Justice

chapter 18|16 pages

Poverty, Inequality and Global Distributive Justice

ByLuis Cabrera

chapter 19|20 pages

Political Exclusion of Refugees in the Ethics of International Relations

ByMark F.N. Franke

chapter 20|28 pages

Human Rights, Human Needs, Human Development, Human Security

ByDes Gasper

chapter 21|18 pages

Environmental Justice: National and International Dimensions

ByRuchi Anand

chapter 22|18 pages

Multinational Corporations and Global Responsibilities

ByMorton Winston

chapter 23|14 pages

Nationalism, Self-Determination and Secession

ByOmar Dahbour

part |2 pages

Part V The Ethics of a Global Society