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For the past thirty years lawyers and philosophers have from time to time wondered how to apply John Rawls' Theory of Justice to international relations. Now John Rawls has tried to do so himself, making the question even more pressing for those of us who care about international law. Rawls' own effort, and its deficiencies, make clear that it would be a bad idea to apply the ideas of his Theory of Justice to international relations. International lawyers and statesmen should leave Rawls' books on the shelf for philosophers.
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