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The Perils of Global Legalism

Eric A. Posner


The first months of Barack Obama's administration have led to expectations, both in the United States and abroad, that, in the coming years, the country will increasingly promote the international rule of law—a position that many believe is both ethically necessary and in the nation's best interests. This book explains that such views demonstrate a dangerously naive tendency toward legalism—an idealistic belief that law can be effective even in the absence of legitimate institutions of governance. After tracing the historical roots of the concept, it lays out the many illusions—such as univers ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, United States, global legalism, international law, universalism, sovereign equality, international relations, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226675749
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric A. Posner, author