Using International Law to Shape Foreign Policy (ACIL Lecture)
How the Obama Administration adopted Bush Preemption Doctrine on Using Force to Combat Terrorism
Dr. Kattan will present an article that looks at the attempts of government legal advisers to invent new codes that seek to establish new rules on the use of force in international law.
In this lecture, the speaker will present an article that looks at the attempts of government legal advisers to invent new codes that seek to establish new rules on the use of force in international law such as The Chatham House Principles (2005), The Leiden Policy Recommendations (2010), and The Bethlehem Principles (2012). The article closely examines the most controversial of the three – The Bethlehem Principles – against the claim that it amounts to the same doctrine that found expression in The National Security Strategy of the United States of America published in 2002. It concludes that The Bethlehem Principles is a refinement of the Bush doctrine but is even more dangerous because it amounts to a sophisticated attempt to persuade other states to adopt US preemption doctrine as their own.
About the speaker
Dr. Victor Kattan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore, where he is completing a book on the Reagan administration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the ideological origins of the 'war on terrorism'.
Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room A101
The ACIL regularly organizes ACIL Lectures at which external speakers present papers relevant to research carried out at the ACIL. ACIL Lectures are open to all; registration is not required.