Torturing the rule of law: USA and the post 9-11 world

Sheehy, B 2007, 'Torturing the rule of law: USA and the post 9-11 world', St. John's journal of legal commentary, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 689-725.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Torturing the rule of law: USA and the post 9-11 world
Author(s) Sheehy, B
Year 2007
Journal name St. John's journal of legal commentary
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 689
End page 725
Total pages 37
Publisher St. John's university, School of Law
Abstract The reaction of the USA after the September 11, 2001 attacks, including its invasion of Afghanistan and subsequent unilateral military campaign in Iraq, and various executive and legislative actions has been not merely a quiet abandonment of the Rule of Law, but through its so-called -War on Terror-, a concerted attack on the Rule of Law. In this paper we shall examine that attack on those principles, through an examination of cases, executive actions, legislations, and international law. While the authors recognize the mythical nature of the Rule of Law, they maintain that it is a useful myth in that it helps actors predict with reasonable certainty, the actions what will be accepted internationally (as between nations), help make good policy decisions and anticipate the actions of others. Furthermore, it operates as an ideal to aim for and a standard against which states' actions can be judged.
Subject Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Keyword(s) USA
September 11
invasion
Afghanistan
military campaign
Iraq
legislative actions
Rule of Law
War on Terror
ISSN 1049-0299
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