Obama's National Security Exceptionalism

24 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2016 Last revised: 17 Jun 2016

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Sudha Setty

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 2016


This Article discusses how continued national security exceptionalism engenders a view of the United States as considering itself to be above international obligations to investigate and prosecute torturers and war criminals, and the view by the global community that the United States is willing to apply one standard for itself, and another for the rest of the world. Exceptionalism not only poses real challenges in terms of law, morality, and building useful relationships with allied nations, but acts as a step backward for the creation of enforceable international norms and standards, and in efforts to restore a balance in the rule of law when it comes to national security matters.

Keywords: Barack Obama, exceptionalism, counterterrorism, civil rights, human rights, national security

Suggested Citation

Setty, Sudha, Obama's National Security Exceptionalism (2016). Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 91, p. 101, 2016; Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2720578

Sudha Setty (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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