US Sovereignty in the Age of Trump – A European Perspective

16 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2018 Last revised: 15 Dec 2018

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Ralph R. A. Janik

Sigmund Freud Private University; University of Vienna; Andrassy University Budapest

Date Written: December 7, 2018


Be it the WTO, the prohibition of torture, or the Paris Agreement: The Trump administration has been launching numerous challenges to international law. Countless commentators have lamented the decline of multilateralism and the so-called “Liberal World Order.” We may indeed be witnesses of the comeback of 19th century thinking on sovereignty and a return to Balance of Power Politics. Maybe they were never gone in the first place.

Keywords: Donald Trump, International Law, Sovereignty, Refugee Law, Migrants, Global Compact on Migration, Global Compact on Refugees, Torture, International Humanitarian Law, Terrorism, Environmental Law, Global Warming, Trade Law, WTO, China, Trade deficits, Realism, Realpolitik, US Constitution

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Janik, Ralph R. A., US Sovereignty in the Age of Trump – A European Perspective (December 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Ralph R. A. Janik (Contact Author)

Sigmund Freud Private University

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Vienna, Vienna 1020

University of Vienna

Vienna, Vienna 1010

Andrassy University Budapest ( email )

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Budapest, 1088

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