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The next U.S. president will shape U.S. policy on a number of pressing international legal issues, including:
- the intersection of the Geneva Conventions and counter-terror operations;
- international trade and the World Trade Organization;
- the 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol and other efforts to regulate climate change; and
- the continued viability of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and regulation of weapons of mass destruction.
Many of the presidential candidates have given international legal issues priority in their campaigning, and the U.S. relationship to international law and institutions is an undeniably important part of the political debate. Through this web resource, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) seeks to facilitate that discussion by raising awareness of the international legal issues and the candidates' positions on them.
The Project International Law 2008
features three key components: (1) a collection of candidates' policy statements and speeches on topics related to international law; (2) candidate surveys
, designed to provide an opportunity for 2008 U.S. presidential candidates to elaborate on their views of the role of international law in U.S. foreign policy; and (3) "ASIL Leaders' Views
," featuring answers from members of the ASIL Executive Council to the question "What is the most important international law-related issue facing the next U.S. administration and why?"
Through this initiative, ASIL is proudly continuing its mission to provide information to citizens and policymakers grappling with international law's growing role in public affairs.
ASIL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse particular political candidates nor generally take policy positions.
We wish to thank the following contributors for their efforts to track and source content: Marc Bennett, Matthew Disare, David Hall, Natalie Santiago, and Karen Welch.
To serve as the foundation for this initiative, ASIL is conducting a candidate survey, titled International Law and the Next U.S. Presidency
, designed to provide an opportunity for 2008 U.S. presidential candidates to elaborate their views on the role of international law in U.S. foreign policy. The survey will serve a contribution to our efforts to inform the U.S. electorate about international law generally, and the issues at stake in the next election.
To view the survey that was sent out, please click here
. To view candidates' responses to the survey, please select a candidate below:
ASIL Leaders' Views
Click on an ASIL leader below to read ASIL Executive Council Members' comments: