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Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis
The Role of International Law and the
State Department Legal Advisor

by Michael P. Scharf and Paul R. Williams
Published by Cambridge University Press

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis grew out of a series of meetings that the authors convened with all ten of the living former U.S. State Department legal advisors (from the Carter administration to that of George W. Bush). Based on their insider account of the role that international law actually played during the major crises on their watch, the book explores whether international law is real law or just a form of politics that policymakers are free to ignore whenever they perceive it to be in their best interest to do so. | Read more

Review
"... a remarkably revealing account of international law in action."
—Stephen M. Schwebel, former Judge and President of the International Court of Justice | More reviews

Watch Michael Scharf and Paul William’s February 2010 book talk on C-SPAN Book TV.

Watch Michael Scharf's discussion of his latest book, "Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change" on C-SPAN Book TV (December 2013).

Michael P. Scharf interviewed in Harper’s Magazine.

 
About the Authors
Michael P. Scharf is the John Denver Drinko—Baker & Hostetler Professor at Law and Director... | more

Paul R. Williams holds the Rebecca Grazier Professorship in Law and International Relations at American University... | more

Cofounders of the Public International Law and Policy Group.
   
 

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The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Advisor
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