The European Union and global political justice

Authored by: Helene Sjursen

The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138589919
eBook ISBN: 9780429491306
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Formerly a marginal concern, the subject of global ethics and justice has attracted increasing interest in recent years, and now occupies a prominent place within international studies. Nevertheless, the dialogue on how global ethics and justice may be relevant to the specific issue of the European Union's (EU) global role remains quite limited. Global ethics concerns the rights and duties that arise beyond state borders. Such issues seem to have less resonance within scholarship on the EU's external policies than within international studies in general. Still, there are several connecting points between the concerns of global ethics and those raised in scholarly research on the EU's global role. This is particularly so with regard to global political justice. In this chapter, I identify these connecting points, with a particular focus on how different approaches to global political justice may inform analyses of the EU's global role.

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