Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser by Michael P. ScharfShaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser by Michael P. Scharf

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

byMichael P. Scharf, Paul R. Williams

Paperback | January 11, 2010

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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.
Michael P. Scharf is Professor of Law at New England School of Law. He served as Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, 1989-1993, where he played a key role in drafting U.S. proposals for the Yugoslavia Tribunal and the Security Council resolutions leading to its establishment.
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Title:Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:332 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521167701

ISBN - 13:9780521167703

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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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"This riveting volume deserves a wide readership. It is a wonderful collection of insights, shedding light into the vital and influential role of State Department Legal Adviser, a position that can make or break international perceptions of the United States."
--Philippe Sands QC, University College London, author of Torture Team