By Michael Ignatieff

With the 2003 invasion and next profession of Iraq, the main arguable query in global politics quick turned no matter if the U.S. stands in the order of foreign legislations or outdoor it. Does the US nonetheless play by way of the principles 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 by means of 11 top specialists in such fields as diplomacy and foreign legislation, 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 varieties of exceptionalism: exemptionalism (supporting treaties so long as american citizens are exempt from them); double criteria (criticizing "others for now not heeding the findings of foreign human rights our bodies, yet ignoring what those our bodies say of the United States); and felony isolationism (the tendency of yank judges to disregard different jurisdictions). The members use Ignatieff's essay as a jumping-off aspect to debate particular different types 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 for the reason that being offered in a year-long lecture sequence on American exceptionalism at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy institution of Government--are through 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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