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International Law and the Nation-State at the U.N.: A Guide for U.S. Policymakers

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Publication Date: May 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Lee A. Casey; David B. Jr. Rivkin

Topic: Law and ethics (Law and jurisprudence)

Keywords: Worldwide freedom; International law

Type: Report


International law and domestic law are fundamentally different in their conception and application, and sovereignty is not some abstract concept that can redefined by an inchoate "international community." The right of all peoples to govern themselves in accordance with their own institutions and by their own consent is the basis of our right to make law for ourselves.