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Title: Gandhi and international law: Satyagraha as universal justice
Authors: Sreejith, S. G.
Keywords: Satyagraha
Universal justice
New international law
Issue Date: 27-Jun-2018
Publisher: Springer, New Delhi
Citation: Sreejith, S. G. (2018). Gandhi and international law: Satyagraha as universal justice. In S. Burra & & Rajesh Babu, R. (Ed.), Locating India in the contemporary international legal order (pp. 09–29). Springer, New Delhi.
Abstract: This chapter first examines whether international law has a teleological function. Answering that question in the affirmative, it concludes that among the many posited telos, securing universality, of whatever variety, stands out as the true telos of international law, though the discipline is in a tragic forgetfulness of that telos. Then, the chapter appraises the theory and practice of satyagraha—a search for universal truth—as propounded and practiced by Gandhi to see the universalizing potential of satyagraha. Therein, the chapter argues that satyagraha is an individual means to search for universal justice. The chapter further argues that satyagraha—unlike the popular movement it is (of civil disobedience, noncooperation, strikes, marches, and fasting) aimed at political corrections and adaptations, has an often-ignored phenomenological side to it which makes it akin to Hegelian “teleological movement,” helping humanity in its social self-becoming through individual self-perfecting. This universalizing potential of satyagraha qualifies it to become a process of international law, an international law which is conscious of its ontology and has no forgetfulness.
ISBN: 9788132235804
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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