New Imperial Order or (Hegemonic) International Law?

New Imperial Order or (Hegemonic) International Law? I. Introduction When, on the occasion of the Gulf War (1990-1991), the Soviet Union decided to cooperate with the US within the Security Council (SC), President George Bush said that he shared with Mijail Gorbachov the vision of "a world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle, a world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice, a world where the strong respect the rights of the weak".' Twelve years afterwards, this vision has disappeared because the US has assumed an imperial tendency, rightly outlined by professor Zemanek in his introductory essay,2 2 above all when the right wing Republicans that already had the control of the Congress (1996) conquered the Presidency through courts (2000). It suffices to read the declaration of principles of the New American Century Project (June 1997)3 and to take account of its signatories' to realize that the Iraq intervention was part of American planned policies shaped by people that constitute the core of the current Administration, even before the S-11 crimes offered the occasion of putting them in practice. Although before this date the US foreign policy showed signs of unilateralism, afterwards the Bush Administration has decided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Austrian Review of International and European Law Online Brill

New Imperial Order or (Hegemonic) International Law?

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Martinus Nijhoff
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Copyright 2005 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1385-1306
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1573-6512
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10.1163/157365103X00054
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I. Introduction When, on the occasion of the Gulf War (1990-1991), the Soviet Union decided to cooperate with the US within the Security Council (SC), President George Bush said that he shared with Mijail Gorbachov the vision of "a world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle, a world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice, a world where the strong respect the rights of the weak".' Twelve years afterwards, this vision has disappeared because the US has assumed an imperial tendency, rightly outlined by professor Zemanek in his introductory essay,2 2 above all when the right wing Republicans that already had the control of the Congress (1996) conquered the Presidency through courts (2000). It suffices to read the declaration of principles of the New American Century Project (June 1997)3 and to take account of its signatories' to realize that the Iraq intervention was part of American planned policies shaped by people that constitute the core of the current Administration, even before the S-11 crimes offered the occasion of putting them in practice. Although before this date the US foreign policy showed signs of unilateralism, afterwards the Bush Administration has decided

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Austrian Review of International and European Law OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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