The United States under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law
Chinese Journal of International Law 17 (2019)
22 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 7, 2019
The United States’ recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan has been widely considered a flagrant breach of international law. This illegal act gives reason to examine the relationship between the United States under President Trump and international law more generally. Unlike its predecessors, the Trump administration has not just violated international law whenever U.S. economic, political, or strategic interests demanded it to do so, it has rather challenged international law and its institutions as such, and has actively undermined them. The attitude of the Trump administration towards international law and its institutions is marked by an unparalleled contempt or disdain. This article delivers a powerful “J’accuse” against this international law nihilism.
Keywords: International law, United States practice, multilateralism
JEL Classification: K33
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