This book explores both historical and contemporary Christian sources and dimensions of global law and includes critical perspectives from various religious and philosophical traditions.

Two dozen leading scholars discuss the constituent principles of this new global legal order historically, comparatively, and currently. The first part uses a historical-biographical approach to study a few of the major Christian architects of global law and transnational legal theory, from St. Paul to Jacques Maritain. The second part distills the deep Christian sources and dimensions of the main principles of global law, historically and today, separating out the distinct Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian contributions as appropriate. Finally, the authors address a number of pressing global issues and challenges, where a Christian-informed legal perspective can and should have deep purchase and influence. The work makes no claim that Christianity is the only historical shaper of global law, nor that it should monopolize the theory and practice of global law today. But the book does insist that Christianity, as one of the world’s great religions, has deep norms and practices, ideas and institutions, prophets and procedures that can be of benefit as the world struggles to find global legal resources to confront humanity’s greatest challenges.

The volume will be an essential resource for academics and researchers working in the areas of law and religion, transnational law, legal philosophy, and legal history.

chapter |14 pages


ByRafael Domingo, John Witte

part Part I|179 pages

Historical-biographical approach

chapter 1|14 pages

St. Paul and the moral law

ByC. Kavin Rowe

chapter 2|20 pages

Augustine and the common good

ByJosef Lössl

chapter 3|21 pages

Thomas Aquinas

Definitions and vocabulary in his Treatise on Law
ByCharles J. Reid

chapter 4|12 pages

Francisco de Vitoria and the global commonwealth

ByAndreas Wagner

chapter 5|14 pages

Francisco Suárez on the law of nations and just war

ByHenrik Lagerlund

chapter 6|14 pages

Alberico Gentili and the secularization of the law of nations

ByRafael Domingo, Giovanni Minnucci

chapter 8|16 pages

Hugo Grotius and the makings of modern natural law

ByJon Miller

chapter 9|15 pages

Kant’s Religion and Perpetual Peace

ByLawrence Pasternack

chapter 10|20 pages

Jacques Maritain and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

ByWilliam Sweet

chapter 11|16 pages

Robert Schuman and the process of European integration

ByRafael Domingo

part Part II|125 pages

Structural principles of global governance

chapter 12|17 pages

Christianity and the global rule of law

ByNeil Walker

chapter 13|17 pages

Christianity and the principle of dignity

ByMartin Schlag

chapter 14|20 pages

Christianity and the principle of equality in global law

ByJulian Rivers

chapter 15|16 pages

The principle of the common good

ByGeorge Duke

chapter 16|20 pages

Christianity, sovereignty, and global law

ByNicholas Aroney

chapter 17|16 pages

Christianity and the principle of solidarity

ByAna Marta González

chapter 18|17 pages

Christianity and the principle of subsidiarity

ByThomas C. Kohler

part Part III|95 pages

Global issues and global public goods

chapter 19|14 pages

Christianity and human rights

BySamuel Moyn

chapter 20|14 pages

Christianity and the international economic order

ByDaniel A. Crane

chapter 21|14 pages

Christianity and a global law for migration

BySilas W. Allard

chapter 22|19 pages

Christianity, global environmental protection, and animal law

ByMark Somos, Anne Peters

chapter 23|18 pages

Christianity and the use of force

Lex and Pax Christi
ByMary Ellen O’Connell

chapter 24|14 pages

Christianity and international criminal law

ByJohan D. van der Vyver