Le droit saisi par le collectif (T. Berns éd.), à paraître en 2003
Humanity plays an ever growing role in the field of law, notably in conjunction with the notions of crimes against humanity and the common heritage of mankind. But what is the status of this concept ? How was it invented ? This article tries to discern the genealogy of the juridical concept of humanity, using singular 20th century events as points of departure. Relying upon the resources of cosmopolitanism and the Kantian theory of judgement, the author proposes that humanity be understood as a regulating idea. The idea of humanity, including the operative legal notion, corresponds less to ontological categories than to an orientation of thought from the singular towards the universal.