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Peace of Westphalia in the News, February-March 2024

There are two minor items to report on. One is an incident in which some Montenegrins killed a Muslim in 1634, leading to a potential Ottoman reprisal. I did not realize that Montenegro had historical ties with Venice, although it makes sense as Venice was active along the Adriatic coast. As Montenegro was frequently in rebellion against their Ottoman rulers, they would appeal to Venice for support, and apparently they actually agreed to convert to Catholicism as a way of confirming aid. This does not directly relate to the Peace of Westphalia, of course, but I am interested in anything going on during the Thirty Years’ War, and I especially like to hear about lesser-known conflicts, the moreso since this one concerns religious pluralism.

The second item is a report on a speech by a former president of the International Criminal Court at Northwestern law school. I will just quote the article on the relavent part: “he [Chile Eboe-Osuji] argued that peace as a fundamental human right would help establish and maintain peace among nations. “We want peaceful coexistence, we want citizens to enjoy the bounties of nationhood in peaceful circumstances where everyone can maximize their full potential,” Eboe-Osuji said. “You cannot really do that meaningfully in circumstances where there is no peace.””

This is interesting because it hearkens back to a point from a post I made on Henry Kissinger. Kissinger allegedly once said, “If I had to choose between justice and disorder, on the one hand, and injustice and order, on the other, I would always choose the latter.” So he and Eboe-Osuji agree on a fundamental point, which is that human rights are rarely honoured during war. Eboe-Osuji proposes a novel solution for this, namely, making peace a “fundamental human right” so that ending war comes under the umbrella of human rights rather than the broader category of international relations. I am not sure how effective this change would be in practice, but it is always interesting to see novel solutions to problems.

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