The United States under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law

Chinese Journal of International Law 17 (2019)

22 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2019

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Stefan A. G. Talmon

University of Bonn, Institute of Public International Law

Date Written: October 7, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Talmon, Stefan A. G., The United States under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law (October 7, 2019). Chinese Journal of International Law 17 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3465460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3465460

Stefan A. G. Talmon (Contact Author)

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