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Diversity and Integration in Private International Law$
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Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm and María Blanca Noodt Taquela

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474447850

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447850.001.0001

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Private International Law as an Ethic of Responsivity

Private International Law as an Ethic of Responsivity

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(p.11) 1 Private International Law as an Ethic of Responsivity
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Diversity and Integration in Private International Law
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Ralf Michaels

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447850.003.0002

The world is a mess. Populism, xenophobia, and islamophobia; misogyny and racism; the closing of borders against the neediest—the existential crisis of modernity calls for a firm response from ethics. Why, instead of engaging with these problems through traditional ethics, worry about private international law, that most technical of technical fields of law? My claim in this chapter: not despite, because of its technical character. Private international law provides such an ethic, an ethic of responsivity. It provides us with a technique of ethics, a technique that helps us conceptualise and address some of the most pressing issues of our time. It is not only ethically relevant, it is itself an ethic.

Keywords:   Ethics, Responsivity, Private international law’s techniques

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