International law, US power : the United States' quest for legal security

Scott, Shirley V
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  • Creator Shirley V. Scott
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Physical Details
    • viii, 283 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1107602599, 9781107602595, 110701672X, 9781107016729
  • OCLC ocn761858416


  • "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"--
  • "International Law. US Power has been a number of years in the making and has benefitted from two periods of research leave from the University of New South Wales and visits to Temple University and Wooster College as well as the presentation of seminars at Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle (Australia), and the National University of Singapore. I would like to thank Jeffrey Dunoff for hosting my period of research at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University and Jeffrey Lantis for hosting my visit to the College of Wooster. Jeffrey McGee kindly invited me to present a research seminar on this material at the University of Newcastle"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


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