Law, War, and the State of the American Exception by Jason RalphLaw, War, and the State of the American Exception by Jason Ralph

Law, War, and the State of the American Exception

byJason Ralph

Hardcover | July 11, 2013

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The US response to 9/11 was exceptional. The 'war on terror' went against the norm in the sense of being unusual and it challenged certain international norms as articulated in international law. This book focuses on four specific exceptions: US policy on the targeting, prosecution,detention, and interrogation of suspected terrorists. The Bush administration argued that in each of these areas the US was not constrained either by customary international law or by treaty law. This policy programme has been cited by followers of the legal theorist Carl Schmitt as evidence supporting his claim that liberal internationalism was responsible for the occurrence of ever more violent types of war. Professor Ralph argues that the Schmittian thesis is useful for interpretingaspects of America's response to 9/11 but that it is wrong to conclude that the exception is inherent to liberal internationalism. The reason the war on terror fits so squarely with Schmittian thinking is because it was conceived by conservatives who sought either to defend American liberalism (intheir realist guise) or to promote liberal democracy abroad (in their neoconservative guise). Liberal internationalists, particularly defensive or republican liberals, opposed the American exception. They were supported in many instances by defensive realists who argued the exception did not make the United States safer. The book considers the political strength of these arguments in thepost-Bush period and concludes that the post-9/11 exception continues to influence US policy despite the election of President Obama.
Jason Ralph is author of Defending the Society of States: Why America Opposes the International Criminal Court and its Vision of World Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). His research and teaching interests include US and British foreign and security policy, human rights, and international law and organisation. He is Prof...
Title:Law, War, and the State of the American ExceptionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:July 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019965235X

ISBN - 13:9780199652358


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The use of force after 9/113. Prosecuting terrorist suspects after 9/114. Detaining terrorist suspects after 9/115. Interrogating terrorist suspects after 9/116. The State of the American Exception