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When Governments Break the Law: The Rule of Law and the Prosecution of the Bush Administration

Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain

Abstract

Recent controversies surrounding the war on terror and American intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought rule of law rhetoric to a fevered pitch. While President Barack Obama has repeatedly emphasized his administration's commitment to transparency and the rule of law, nowhere has this resolve been so quickly and severely tested than with the issue of the possible prosecution of Bush Administration officials. While some worry that without legal consequences there will be no effective deterrence for the repetition of future transgressions of justice committed at the highest levels of g ... More

Keywords: war on terror, American intervention, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bush Administration, transparency, Barack Obama, rule of law, criminal prosecution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814741399
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741399.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Sarat, editor

Nasser Hussain, editor

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