American Exceptionalism and Human Rights by Michael Ignatieff

By Michael Ignatieff

With the 2003 invasion and next profession of Iraq, the main arguable query in international politics quickly grew to become even if the USA stands in the order of foreign legislations or outdoors it. Does the USA nonetheless play through the foundations it helped create? American Exceptionalism and Human Rights addresses this question because it applies to U.S. habit with regards to overseas human rights. With essays through 11 top specialists in such fields as diplomacy and overseas legislations, it seeks to teach and clarify how America's method of human rights differs from that of such a lot different Western nations.

In his advent, Michael Ignatieff identifies 3 major forms of exceptionalism: exemptionalism (supporting treaties so long as americans are exempt from them); double criteria (criticizing "others for now not heeding the findings of overseas human rights our bodies, yet ignoring what those our bodies say of the United States); and felony isolationism (the tendency of yankee judges to disregard different jurisdictions). The individuals use Ignatieff's essay as a jumping-off element to debate particular sorts of exceptionalism--America's method of capital punishment and to unfastened speech, for example--or to discover the social, cultural, and institutional roots of exceptionalism.

These essays--most of which seem in print the following for the 1st time, and all of that have been revised or up to date in view that being awarded in a year-long lecture sequence on American exceptionalism at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy institution of Government--are by way of Stanley Hoffmann, Paul Kahn, Harold Koh, Frank Michelman, Andrew Moravcsik, John Ruggie, Frederick Schauer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carol Steiker, and Cass Sunstein.

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