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Multinational Corporations and Global JusticeHuman Rights Obligations of a Quasi-Governmental Institution$
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Florian Wettstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762403

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.001.0001

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Principles of Global Justice

Principles of Global Justice

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(p.25) Chapter 2 Principles of Global Justice
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Multinational Corporations and Global Justice
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.003.0002

This chapter offers a consistent conception of global justice that is able to provide normative orientation and practical guidance for the transformation of the global economy. It shows that obligations of rights-based development must be understood as obligations of justice and that a conception of (global) justice based on human rights is both ethically sound and pragmatically accessible. It also argues that the justice perspective is superior to utilitarianism and connects the rights-based conception of cosmopolitan justice to human development. Moreover, the chapter offers a positive argument for cosmopolitanism and a defense against claims formulated from the perspective of communitarianism and nationalism. Specifically, it challenges the interpretation of principles of justice as culturally contingent and rejects the ethical significance of national (political) boundaries for their general validity.

Keywords:   global justice, global economy, rights-based justice, human rights, human development, cosmopolitanism, utilitarianism, communitarianism, nationalism, cosmopolitan justice

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