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4. Religion as a Source of International Law

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This chapter analyses to what degree religion constitutes a source of obligation for any particular State or group of States. To address the question of whether international law is secular, one must first determine secularity or not of the totality of sovereign States, divorce of religious norms from legal norms and international relations, and the existence of a unifying international legal order to which all States subscribe, irrespective of religious or cultural differences. The chapter examines whether there is any religious connotation behind the principle of humanitarian intervention or an equivalent to a just war in contemporary international relations, so as recourse be made to such rules as well as to the UN Charter. It also examines to what degree religion may validly constitute a source of international law.

Keywords: contemporary international relations; international law; legal norms; religious norms



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