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Charting America's Return to Public International Law Under the Obama Administration

Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 239, 2009

24 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010  

Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Society of International Law

Date Written: October 9, 2009

Abstract

The administration of George W. Bush left the international credibility of the United States in tatters and seriously undermined any U.S. claim to leadership in human rights and the rule of law. The administration of Barack Obama can begin to repair the damage by re-engaging the United Nations, reaffirming adherence to the Geneva Conventions, emracing the Kyoto process to control climate change, and engaging the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Keywords: Obama, Bush, Geneva Cenventions, Kyoto, climate change, Rome Statute, International Criminal Court, United Nations, Security Council, human rights, rule of law, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, international law, Muslim, Islam, al Qaeda, Uighurs, China, detainee, Cuba, IPCC, legal education

JEL Classification: K3, K33

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., Charting America's Return to Public International Law Under the Obama Administration (October 9, 2009). Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Vol. 3, No. 2, p. 239, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1483737

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