United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law by Michael ByersUnited States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law by Michael Byers

United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law

EditorMichael Byers, Georg Nolte

Paperback | January 21, 2008

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Twelve leading scholars of international law and international relations consider whether the current strength of the United States is leading to change in the international legal system. This book demonstrates that the effects of U.S. domination of the foundations of international law are real, but also intensely complex. The volume stimulates debate about the role of the United States in international law and interests scholars of international law and international relations, government officials and international organizations.
Georg Nolte is Professor of Law at the University of Göttingen.
Title:United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.22 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Introduction: the complexities of foundational change Michael Byers; Part I. International Community: 1. The international community, international law and the United States: three in one, two against one, or one and the same? Edward Kwakwa; 2. The influence of the United States on the concept of the 'International Community' Andreas Paulus; 3. Comments on chapters 1 and 2 Martti Koskenniemi, Steven Ratner and Volker Rittberger; Part II. Sovereign Equality: 4. Sovereign equality: 'the Wimbledon sails on' Michel Cosnard; 5. More equal than the rest? Hierarchy, equality and US predominance in international law Nico Krisch; 6. Comments on chapters 4 and 5 Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Matthias Herdegen and Gregory H. Fox; Part III. Use of Force: 7. The use of force by the United States after the end of the Cold War, and its impact on international law Marcelo G. Kohen; 8. Bending the law, breaking it, or developing it? The United States and the humanitarian use of force in the post-Cold War era Brad R. Roth; 9. Comments on chapters 7 and 8 Thomas Franck, Jochen Abr. Frowein and Daniel Thürer; Part IV. Customary International Law: 10. Powerful but unpersuasive? The role of the United States in the evolution of customary international law Stephen Toope; 11. Hegemonic custom? Achilles Skordas; 12. Comments on chapters 10 and 11 Rainer Hofmann, Andrew Hurrell and Rüdiger Wolfrum; Part V. Law of Treaties: 13. The effects of US predominance on the elaboration of treaty regimes and on the evolution of the law of treaties Pierre Klein; 14. US reservations to human rights treaties: all for one and none for all? Catherine Redgwell; 15. Comments on chapters 13 and 14 Jost Delbrück, Alain Pellet and Bruno Simma; Part VI. Compliance: 16. The impact on international law of US noncompliance Shirley V. Scott; 17. Compliance: multilateral achievements and predominant powers Peter-Tobias Stoll; 18. Comments on chapters 16 and 17 Vaughan Lowe, David M. Malone and Christian Tomuschat; Conclusion Georg Nolte; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This book effectively poses the question 'What if the contemporary international legal order imposed constraints on hegemonic behavior?' One cannot help but predict that this winning blueprint for objective realism will become one of the favorites of international readers, because it graphically deconstructs the international community of nations' dilemma with current US hegemony." Newsletter UN21 Interest Group