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8 Dick. J. Int'l L. 349 (1989-1990)
The Right of Civil Resistance under International Law and the Domestic Necessity Defense

handle is hein.journals/psilr8 and id is 357 raw text is: The Right of Civil Resistance Under
International Law and the Domestic
Necessity Defense
Matthew Lippman*
Morality, if it survives, could protect us from horror, but very
little protects morality. And morality, besides, is hard to protect,
because morality is only a few thoughts in our heads. And just
as we quickly grow accustomed to brutal deeds and make way
before them, so we are quickly stunned into foggy submissions
by the brutal thoughts which, in our striving for comfort, we
have allowed into our minds and which can snuff the life out of
morality in a matter of moments if we happen to look the other
way. And all the time we are operating under the illusion that
we, mere individuals, have no power at all over the course of
history, when that is in fact (for better or worse) the very oppo-
site of the case.'
In a 1975 article, Professor Richard Falk argues that we are
undergoing a major reorganization of international life at the present
time which will result in drastic modification of the world order sys-
tem that has prevailed since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.' Al-
though he recognizes the possibility of global extinction, Falk sug-
gests that there is a positive option premised upon an affirmation of
the wholeness of the planet and the solidarity of the human species
that could bring about a rearrangement of the power, wealth, and
authority that would be more beneficial than anything the world has
heretofore known. Falk suggests that this new global order will be
based on the primacy of the individual and will stress human rights,
self-determination, ecological balance, and peace. He predicts that
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; J.D., American University;
LL.M.. Harvard University; Ph.D., Northwestern University.
This article is based on the author's experiences as an expert witness in civil resistance
cases involving opposition to nuclear weapons, United States policy in Central America and
apartheid in SouthAfrica.
I. W. SHAWN, On the Context of the Play, in AUNT DAN AND LEMON 89. 102 (1985).
2. Falk, A New Paradigm for International Legal Studies Prospects and Proposals, 84
YALE L.J. 969 (1975).
3. Id. at 973.
4.  Id.

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