Real World Justice

Grounds, Principles, Human Rights, and Social Institutions

  • Andreas Follesdal
  • Thomas Pogge

Part of the Studies in Global Justice book series (JUST, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Andreas Follesdal, Thomas Pogge
    Pages 1-19
  3. Ser-Min Shei
    Pages 139-155
  4. Stefan Gosepath
    Pages 157-170
  5. Andreas Follesdal
    Pages 265-283
  6. Leif Wenar
    Pages 285-293
  7. Wilfried Hinsch, Markus Stepanians
    Pages 295-315
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 381-408

About this book


The concept of global justice makes visible how we citizens of affluent countries are potentially implicated in the horrors so many must endure in the so-called less developed countries.

Distinct conceptions of global justice differ in their specific criteria of global justice. However, they agree that the touchstone is how well our global institutional order is doing, compared to its feasible alternatives, in regard to the fundamental human interests that matter from a moral point of view.

We are responsible for global regimes such as the global trading system and the rules governing military interventions. These institutional arrangements affect human beings worldwide, for instance by shaping the options and incentives of governments and corporations. Alternative paths of globalization would have differed in how much violence, oppression, and extreme poverty they engender. And global institutional reforms could greatly enhance human rights fullfillment in the future.

The importance of this global justice approach reaches well beyond philosophy. It enables ordinary citizens to understand their options and responsibility for global institutional factors, and it challenges social scientists to address the causes of poverty and hunger that act across borders.

The present volume addresses four main topics regarding global justice: The normative grounds for claims regarding the global institutional order, the substantive normative principles for a legitimate global order, the roles of legal human rights standards, and some institutional arrangements that may make the present world order less unjust.

All royalties from this book have been assigned to Oxfam.


Deliberation Human Rights Violation IGH Moral human rights justice law natural law responsibility

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Follesdal
    • 1
  • Thomas Pogge
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OsloNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public EthicsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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