book is the first one on international law written by a French author which is
published directly in English.
According to the
opinion expressed by the President Hubert Thierry in the foreword, this book
puts the stress on three particularly interesting points.
The first one is “Jean
Touscoz’s commitment, not in the political but in the ethical sense of the term”.
synthetic theory of international law is thus based on positivist methodology as
universally admitted. The positivist methodology therefore does not prevent us
from considering the unity of mankind and the universal common goal and from
obtaining a global vision of man and mankind ; in fact, international law aims
to achieve a more human world in order to realise the “natural” order which
exists in each man’s personal conscience. For christians in particular,
international law aims to introduce this merciful love, which is the messianic
message heralded by the Gospel for personal and social relations. “Throughout
the book (Touscoz) shows this conviction, not implying that he is staying from
positive law, but rather that this law should be examined and evaluated in the
light of this conviction”.
remarkable point” concerns the importance given to subjects of international law
other than states i.e international organisations, international corporations,
non governmental organisations ( among which Jean Touscoz includes the Catholic
Church as distinct form the Vatican State) and above all the individual. The
recent evolution, especially in the field of criminal international law “clearly
confirms the evolution of the law in the sense of its direct applications to
individuals” (who contributes also, as subject of international law to the
elaboration of international rules and institutions.
Finally, “a third
remarkable point” in Jean Touscoz’s book is the place given to economic
international law, which is seen as much from the point of view of freedom and
security in exchanges and investments as with regard to development (and
On these subjects
Jean Touscoz is a specialist and the rigour of his development and orientation
illustrates very clearly that financial liberalism is compatible with an
indomitable commitment to human rights ».
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