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International Law, US Power
The United States' Quest for Legal Security

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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107016729

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  • Observers of the USA's attitude towards international law seem to be perpetually taken aback by its actions, whether those relate to the use of force, the International Criminal Court or human rights. This book sets out to articulate the considerable degree of continuity in the nature of US engagement with international law. International Law, US Power explains that the USA has throughout its history pursued a quest for defensive and offensive legal security and that this was a key ingredient in the rise of the USA. Although skilful strategic involvement with international law was an ingredient in the USA 'winning' the Cold War, the rise of China and the growing negotiating strength of leading developing countries mean that the USA is likely to find it increasingly difficult to use the same set of techniques in the future.

    • Allows readers to appreciate and understand the attitude of the USA towards international law and how it typically behaves in international negotiations
    • Adopts a neutral perspective towards the USA, whereas much of the literature on the topic is partisan
    • Interdisciplinary approach speaks to both international lawyers and political scientists
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    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107016729
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The USA quest for legal security
    2. The USA pursuit of legal security through the evolution of the international law of dispute resolution
    3. The USA pursuit of legal security through the evolving regime relating to the use of force
    4. The USA pursuit of legal security in substantive policy arenas
    5. Techniques through which the USA has reconciled its practice of legal security with the principle of sovereign equality
    6. The practice of offensive legal security in USA diplomacy
    7. The future of USA engagement with international law.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • International Human Rights and Criminal Law
  • Author

    Shirley V. Scott, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Shirley Scott is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, where she established a Masters program in International Law and International Relations. She is also the National Research Chair of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and a member of the executive council of the Asian Society of International Law.

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