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Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser
     

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser

by Michael P. Scharf, Paul R. Williams
 

ISBN-10: 0521167701

ISBN-13: 9780521167703

Pub. Date: 02/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis grew out of a series of meetings that the authors convened with all ten of the living former U.S. State Department legal advisers (from the Carter administration to that of George W. Bush). Based on their insider accounts of the role that international law actually played during the major crises on their watch, the book

Overview

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis grew out of a series of meetings that the authors convened with all ten of the living former U.S. State Department legal advisers (from the Carter administration to that of George W. Bush). Based on their insider accounts of the role that international law actually played during the major crises on their watch, the book explores whether international law is real law or just a form of politics that policymakers are free to ignore whenever they perceive it to be in their interest to do so. Written in a style that will appeal to the casual reader and serious scholar alike, the book includes a foreword by the Obama administration's State Department legal adviser, Harold Koh; background on the theoretical underpinnings of the compliance debate; an in-depth case study of the treatment of detainees in the war on terror; and a comprehensive glossary of the terms, names, places, and events that are discussed in the book. Click here to watch a video of the authors talking about their book on C-SPAN Book TV on Saturday, February 6, 2010.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521167703
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: America's conscience on international law Harold Hongju Koh; 1. The compliance debate; 2. A brief history of L; 3. The path to L; 4. The Carter administration - Herbert J. Hansell; 5. The Carter administration - Roberts B. Owen; 6. The Reagan administration - Davis R. Robinson; 7. The Reagan administration and Bush administration - Abraham D. Sofaer; 8. The Bush (42nd) administration - Edwin D. Williamson; 9. The Bush (42nd) administration - Michael J. Matheson; 10. The Clinton administration - Conrad K. Harper; 11. The Clinton administration - David R. Andrews; 12. The Bush (44th) administration - William H. Taft IV; 13. The Bush (44th) administration - John B. Bellinger III; 14. State department legal adviser's roundtable; 15. Foreign legal adviser's roundtable; 16. Lawyering the treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism; 17. Conclusion.

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