Book Reviews Jens David Ohlin, The Assault on International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015, ISBN 9780199987405, xi + 304 pp., EUR 26.99 Jens David Ohlin’s book deals with the way the Bush administration approached international law in general and particularly sensitive topics like the prohibition of torture in particular. In so doing, above all those not trained in US law gain new perspectives into the speciﬁ c international law-related aspects of the US constitution, the role of legal advisors, some of the relevant cases, and the US legal system in general. While those adhering to the idea of a liberal world order, ﬁ rst and foremost – ofﬁ cially, at least – Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, emphasize the role of interna- tional law as a tool working for the beneﬁ t of the entire international community and thus also for the US, the Bush administration seemingly viewed it as, if at all, one of several factors shaping their policy. The US would thus only adhere to international law as long as it was not considered as being detrimental to the broad deﬁ nition of their vital interests. International law was thus relegated to the status of ‘law
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