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Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charterto George W. Bush's Illegal War

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charterto George W. Bush's Illegal War

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By (author) Philippe Sands

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  • Publisher: Viking Books
  • Format: Hardback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 248mm x 30mm | 531g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2005
  • ISBN 10: 0670034525
  • ISBN 13: 9780670034529
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Sales rank: 593,651

Product description

Sixty years ago, the United States and Great Britain spearheaded efforts to create a new world order based on international rules. Today these two nations are leading the charge to disregard the very global safeguards they once fought to establish. In this eye-opening book, international lawyer Philippe Sands explains why this radical policy shift has occurred and how it will affect twenty-first-century world politics. Using the events of September 11 and the subsequent “war on terror” as justification, the Bush administration has turned its back on many international agreements governing basic human rights, war, torture, the environment, and free trade, with Tony Blair often colluding. Focusing on watershed events such as the repudiation of the Kyoto Protocol and the abuses at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, Sands argues that the United States and Britain are undermining international law at the precise moment when it has become most essential. Crisp, impassioned, and hard hitting, Lawless World is at once an exposé and an indictment of a catastrophic realignment of the laws that govern international affairs.

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