- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; New Ed edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713997923
- ISBN-13: 978-0713997927
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,181,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules~Philippe Sands Paperback – Import, 2005
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The next few chapters mostly deal with America's modern stance on international law. First off, the author demonstrates that America has no problem with non-Americans being held accountable to international law, including international tribunals over war crimes. He then demonstrates that America also has no problems obeying international economic law. His theory is that this is because economic laws help the US, so it sees no need to ignore and denigrate them - yet. Then comes America's stance on international law. He provides general evidence and specific examples, such as the Kyoto Agreement and the International Criminal Court, of international laws and areas that America has withdrawn itself from.
The last chapters deal mainly with what America has chosen to do with its self-declared freedom from international law and accountability: torture.Read more ›
This important and penetrating study, authored by a man involved in international law at many levels, outlines the path taken in building cooperation among nations. He demonstrates how the often halting and innovative steps have produced results. The Pinochet case, involving Britain, Spain and Chile, show how effective and precedent-setting some of these actions have been. Although there are pre-WWII occurrences of international cooperation resolving individual issues, the grander themes of human rights, environmental concerns and economic liberalisation have come about in the years after the Atlantic Charter. Advances such as the Law of the Sea, the Convention Against Torture, the International Criminal Court and the Kyoto Protocol demonstrate the possibilities for extending justice and protecting the environment. One nation, the United States, has either avoided commitment to these instruments, or shelved their provisions when it deemed its own interests were paramount.Read more ›
This book was both informative, disturbing and remarkably well written. Sands begins with the Atlantic Charter - the original initiative of Roosevelt and Churchill that set down the foundation for present international standards. He then traces the pioneering work of both the USA and Britain in helping to establish the institutions that monitor and protect such standards.
It is against this background that we then see the apparent disdain with which the administrations of both countires now view international law in the context of the war on terror. What is particularly disturbing is the double standard as as laws are used to enforce international laws against countries that we don't like but which do not apply to us.
In a careful, forensic analysis he completely dismantles any possible arguments that the war on Iraq was lawful or that inmates at Guatantamo are outside the basic protection of the Geneva Conventions. Of particular interest to UK readers is the alarming change of legal advice provided by the Attorney General over a period of mere weeks in 2003 in the build up to war.
He emphasises the important point that if the UK and USA ignore international standards then how much more difficult will it be to complain if other nations fail to apply such rules in their dealings with us.
Whatever one thinks of the rights and wrongs of the events of the last few years Sands leaves us in no doubt that whatever we do has to be kept within the legal framework which we ourselves established.
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This book explores the changes to international laws from WWII to the War on Terror, focusing primarily on the periods right after WWII, and during the presidencies of Bill Clinton... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Newton Ooi
This in-depth analysis of today's new world order through the lens of international law provides great information and research especially on international trade--with really... Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by Publius
I found Sands' book to be a very readable and enlightening work. I do not have any experience with law and knew almost nothing of international law but still found the information... Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Matthew Smith
Philippe Sands book is a sort-of introduction to International Law. He definitely has a bias and an agenda, namely to point out America's, particularly the Bush administration's,... Read morePublished on November 24, 2006 by K G R
The 'war on terror' is misconceived and bound to fail, says lawyer Philippe Sands in LAWLESS WORLD: AMERICA AND THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF GLOBAL RULES FROM FDR'S ATLANTIC CHARTER... Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer
Regarding the reviewer that bemoaned AMAZOM's failure to send him the latest edition, please note that I saw Philippe Sands being interviewed a couple of weeks ago, and he'd... Read morePublished on April 5, 2006 by Eyesk
Philippe Sands' book is important, which is why I rated my review at "5," however, if I was to rate the book on the basis of my satisfaction with Amazon, better stated,... Read morePublished on March 1, 2006 by Ari Kohn
Professor Sands sets up a false paradigm in arguing that the United States is abandoning multilateralism and international law if it does not go along with poorly constructed... Read morePublished on January 5, 2006 by Joseph A. Klein
Philippe Sands, a Professor of Law at University College London, has written a book that should affect how we vote. Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by William Podmore