Defending International Law

When we most need international law, it is most under attack. The right wing denounces international law constraints on national power while the left wing sounds the alarm about international economic institutions. Both argue that international law is undemocratic. My latest paper, Globalization and Distrust, argues that these critics are wrong. A more careful review of the processes of international law and the meaning of democracy reveals that they are fundamentally compatible.

An early draft of the paper (a revised draft will soon appear in the Yale Law Journal) is now posted to SSRN, an invaluable scholarly resource. Download it out here.

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