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American Foreign Policy Ideology and the International Rule of Law

American Foreign Policy Ideology and the International Rule of Law
Contesting Power through the International Criminal Court

  • Publication planned for: May 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481434


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  • American engagement with international law has long been framed by commitment to the 'international rule of law', which persists even across divergent political and historical eras. Yet, despite appeals to legal ideals, American international law policy is consistently criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in 'exceptionalism'. These contested claims of fidelity to law are the subject of this book: what does the 'international rule of law' mean for American legal policymakers even as they advocate competing commitments to international legal order? Answers are found in extensive evidence that American policymakers receive international law through established foreign policy ideologies, which correspond with divisions in both legal scholarship and diplomatic history. Using the case of the International Criminal Court, the book demonstrates that the very meaning of the international rule of law is structured by competing ideological beliefs; between American policymakers and global counterparts, and among American policymakers themselves.

    • Addresses blind spots in international law scholarship through inter-disciplinary research to explain contradictions in American engagement with international law
    • Provides comparative international law analysis focused on the legal conceptions of a named country and of the granular positive elements that constitute distinctive American conceptions of international law
    • Develops a working definition of the 'international rule of law' and directly compares identified ideological understandings of legal policymakers
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    • Publication planned for: May 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481434
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ideology in American International Law Policy:
    1. America's 'exceptional' international law policy
    2. The structure of American foreign policy ideology
    3. Competing conceptions of the international rule of law
    Part II. Contesting Global Legal Power Through the ICC:
    4. Clinton administration 1992–2000
    5. Bush 43 administration 2000–04
    6. Bush 43 administration 2004–08
    7. Obama administration 2008–16

  • Author

    Malcolm Jorgensen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    Malcolm Jorgensen is a Fellow at the Berlin Potsdam Research Group 'International Law: Rise or Decline?'. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law and American Foreign Policy from the University of Sydney, where he was a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre and remains an Associate of the Sydney Centre for International Law. He formerly served in the Australian foreign ministry.

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