This chapter begins with an overview of the entire volume, starting with a report of top United States government lawyers after 9/11 developing legal arguments to justify torture and coercion of detainees during interrogation. These lawyers could draw on an anti-international law tradition that denigrates international law for its lack of enforcement means. In fact international law has means of enforcement, but, more importantly, it is accepted by the international community as law. Acceptance and enforcement together support the claim that international law is law. With this acceptance, international law has the capacity to support the common aspirations of all humanity.
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