The National Interest on International Law and Order

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International law and the nature of the global order is regularly examined and debated among specialists. This volume brings together in one place twenty-four articles addressing these subjects, written by some of America’s leading academics, lawyers, and policymakers, and originally published in The National Interest, a leading realist journal of international affairs.

Prominent jurists, lawyers, and practitioners debate the role that international law should play in the formulation of policy in the first section, and whether “international law” really exists. Authors explore such questions as the enforceable norms of global behavior, and if American foreign policy should conform to such regulations. A second section looks at the viability and utility of international institutions in advancing U.S. interests. Included are debates over the role and purpose of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. A third Section deals with the intersection of law enforcement and foreign policy. It explores such questions as whether primary responsibility for combating global terrorism and the international drug trade should be vested with law enforcement agencies or whether it should fall under the purview of foreign policy.

The final portion of the book is devoted to the question of human rights, particularly the tripartite debate between Robin Fox, Francis Fukuyama, and William F. Schulz over the nature and origins of human rights. Among the questions considered are whether human rights are an outgrowth of natural law, or are natural imperatives at odds with protecting individual dignities and freedoms. Is there a universal standard of rights, or are human rights norms derived from majority consensus? The list of distinguished contributors to this volume include John Bolton, Robert Bork, Lee Casey, Douglas Feith, Owen Harries, Senator Jesse Helms, Alan Keyes, Irving Kristol, Joseph Nye, Jeremy Rabkin, David Rivkin, Alfred P. Rubin, and Abrahama Sofaer. This volume will be of interest to legal scholars, political scientists, and students of diplomacy and international relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765805652
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Rocky Shoals of International Law 3
2 International Law versus the American Constitution 16
3 International Crime and Punishment 31
4 The Limits of "International Law" 35
5 International Law and the Use of Force 46
6 After Guantanamo: The War Over the Geneva Convention 63
7 Seven Tests: Between Concert and Unilateralism 77
8 American Sovereignty and the UN 88
9 Courting Danger: What's Wrong with the International Criminal Court 93
10 Dayton, Bosnia, and the Limits of Law 109
11 Retail Diplomacy: The Edifying Story of UN Dues Reform 118
12 Fixing the United Nations 131
13 Law in Order: Reconstructing U.S. National Security 147
14 The Law at War: How Osama Slipped Away 161
15 The Reach of American Law 167
16 Law in the Service of Terror 178
17 Human Nature and Human Rights 197
18 Natural Rights and Human History 211
19 The Ground and Nature of Human Rights 230
20 What Price Human Rights? 243
21 "Exporting Democracy" - and Getting It Wrong 254
22 The Idea of Human Rights 267
23 "Human Rights": The Hidden Agenda 277
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