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This issue features a policy brief by Michael W. Doyle and Joseph E. Stiglitz on eliminating extreme inequality worldwide; essays by Amartya Sen on Buddha as a political thinker and George R. Lucas, Jr. on secrecy, privacy, and Edward Snowden; a special Centennial roundtable on the international rule of law, with contributions from Ian Hurd, David Dyzenhaus, Christian Reus-Smit, Rosa Brooks, and Ruti Teitel; a feature article by Toni Erskine on “Coalitions of the Willing and Responsibilities to Protect”; and book reviews by Alan Wolfe, Andrew A. G. Ross, and George Crowder.
The International Rule of Law: Law and the Limit of Politics Ian Hurd The international rule of law provides political resources with which states and other actors legitimize and delegitimize contending policies. The atomistic nature of the interstate system means that the international version of the concept cannot be modeled on the domestic one, but also that it cannot be reduced simply to the obligation on states to comply with their legal commitments.
Hobbes on the International Rule of Law David Dyzenhaus The practice of state compliance with international law is not that easily demonstrated to be the product of legal constraint. Indeed, the problem goes beyond international law since the practice whereby a state generally complies with its own domestic law is hardly different in this respect.
International Law and the Mediation of Culture Christian Reus-Smit This essay advances an alternative perspective on culture and international law. After exploring in greater detail determinist accounts of this relationship, Reus-Smit reverses the typically assumed causal pathway between culture and law, presenting international law as a mediating social institution, one that structures global cultural interaction and negotiation.
Drones and the International Rule of Law Rosa Brooks U.S. drone strikes represent a significant challenge to the international rule of law. This is not because they “violate” international law; ironically, drone strikes might be less destabilizing, from a rule-of-law perspective, if they could be easily categorized as blatant instances of rule-breaking.
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