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America and the Law of Nations 1776-1939

Mark Weston Janis


This book is an exploration of the ways in which Americans have perceived, applied, advanced, and frustrated international law. It demonstrates the varieties and continuities of America's approaches to international law. The book begins with the important role the law of nations played for founders like Jefferson and Madison in framing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It then discusses the intellectual contributions to international law made by leaders in the New Republic — Kent and Wheaton — and the place of international law in the 19th century judgments of Marshall, Sto ... More

Keywords: American isolationism, law of nations, international law, World War I, Woodrow Wilson, Declaration of Independence, New Republic, American utopians, League of Nations, World Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Weston Janis, author
William F. Starr Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, and Visiting Fellow in Law, University of Oxford