Benhabib argues that since the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, we have entered a phase of global civil society which is governed by cosmopolitan norms of universal justice - norms which are difficult for some to accept as legitimate since they are in conflict with democratic ideals.
"this volume provides a sophisticated analysis of the concept and one of its major problems, and so is a valuable addition to the literature...[Benhabib] has successfully argued that the scope of the moral conversation needs to be universal...given the short length of the volume, it is on the whole a benefit that Benhabib and her commentators explore in such detail one important issue which faces liberal democratic cosmopolitan theorists." - Megan Kime, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
"[this] book provides an original contribution to the flourishing literature on cosmopolitanism and human rights. Those familiar with this literature will find the insights of the book refreshing. It will also be of interest, however, for the
more general audience of those troubled by the democratic credentials of international law and human rights." - Andras Miklos, European Political Science