What sort of virtues are needed to ensure that the rule of law can be effective and trustworthy among the nations and corporations, especially the powerful ones? The CSD has one statement:
174. Courage and generosity are needed in order freely to establish shared goals and to ensure the worldwide observance of certain essential norms. For this to be truly useful, it is essential to uphold “the need to be faithful to agreements undertaken (pacta sunt servanda)”, [Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 437] and to avoid the “temptation to appeal to the law of force rather than to the force of law”. [St John Paul II, Message for the 2004 World Day of Peace, 5: AAS 96 (2004), 117]
It’s a good saying. But sometimes laws must be written for the common good. Not with consultants from the 1%.
This means reinforcing the “normative instruments for the peaceful resolution of controversies… so as to strengthen their scope and binding force”. [Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 439] Among these normative instruments, preference should be given to multilateral agreements between states, because, more than bilateral agreements, they guarantee the promotion of a truly universal common good and the protection of weaker states.
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