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The World Court in Actionby Howard N. Meyer
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Over a century ago, the precursor to the International Court of Justice, now known as the World Court, was created. The United States had an important role in founding the Court, but in 1985, during the second Reagan-Bush Administration, the U.S. effectively withdrew its support and authority from the Court as a result of its ruling on the U.S. use of force in Nicaragua. Since that time, the role of the World Court has grown in importance internationally, but its full story has not been told, especially to U.S. citizens and students whose ignorance of it is a national embarrassment.
Howard N. Meyer offers a remedy to this situation. In this book, he traces the World Court all the way back to The Hague Conference of 1899 and shows its development through World War I, the League of Nations, World War II and the Cold War, all the way through to the contemporary challenges of East Timor and Kosovo.
Book News Annotation:
Lawyer and social historian Meyer explains the important differences between the International Court of Justice, popularly called the World Court, which was established over a half a century ago, and recent proposals for an international criminal court that could deal with individual people charged with misdeeds of global importance as well as with disputes between states. He blames confusion between the two for the US lack of support.
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In this book, Howard N. Meyer traces the World Court back to The Hague Conference of 1899 and shows its development through World War I, the League of Nations, World War II, and the Cold War, all the way up to the contemporary challenges of East Timor and Kosovo. More recently, Meyer distinguishes between the nation-state oriented work of the World Court and the work of the International Criminal Court which was proposed in 1998 to prosecute individual war criminals like Milosevic and others coming out of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. As different as they are, the World Court and the ICC have a common problem that this book seeks to address: resistance in Washington to the international rule of law, especially when it comes to authority surrounding the use of force. The World Court may have an increasingly important role to play in governing the war on terrorism.
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