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The US and International Law



At the WAIS conference on globalization, some argued that international law does not exist. Robert Gard says that any treaty signed by the US is binding and becomes international law. Dave Bridgmen informs us that we can consult TREATIES IN FORCE put out by the U.S. Department of State, The implication is that there is a different code of international law for each country. One can consult lists of treaties and see which countries have signed which treaties. The issue became critical with regard to international criminal court, whose existence is now assured but which the US refuses to join. Every effort has been made to meet US objections, but the US will not budge, thus declaring itself above the law. UN bodies have been discredited by for example the election of Zimbabwe to the Human Rights Commission. Can someone familiar with the details of the treaty establishing the international criminal court contains watertight guarantees against this kind of thing?

Ronald Hilton - 5/8/02


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