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Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law

Natsu Taylor Saito


Since its founding, the United States has defined itself as the supreme protector of freedom throughout the world, pointing to its Constitution as the model of law to ensure democracy at home and to protect human rights internationally. Although the United States has consistently emphasized the importance of the international legal system, it has simultaneously distanced itself from many established principles of international law and the institutions that implement them. In fact, the American government has attempted to unilaterally reshape certain doctrines of international law while disrega ... More

Keywords: freedom, Constitution, democracy, human rights, American government, international law, self-exemption, United States, torture, rule of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814798362
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814798362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natsu Taylor Saito, author