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Bye-Bye, International Order?

Security & Law: A Reality Check with John B. Bellinger III

The current international order is based on international institutions and law. The United States of America played the major role in its creation and sustenance. Yet the U.S. has recently withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, UNESCO, the U.N. Human Rights Council, and the INF Treaty with Russia. The Trump Administration has also criticized the International Court of Justice and threatened to prosecute and freeze the assets of the judges and prosecutors of the International Criminal Court. Is it time to say goodbye to the current international order? Or will global governance and liberal institutionalism survive the superpower’s withdrawal?

John B. Bellinger III  served as the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration. In this position, he instituted the U.S. – EU dialogue on counterterrorism and other international issues. He now heads the Global Law and Public Policy practice at the Washington, D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter, and is Adjunct Senior Fellow in International Law at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On the occasion of this Reality Check, John B. Bellinger III will reflect on the current U.S. approach to international law and institutions and share his thoughts and experience on how to bridge diverging political and legal perspectives to the benefit of cooperation and stability.

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MODERATION

Tobias Vestner, Security and Law Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

EVENT DETAILS

Light refreshment will be served.

This event will be filmed. Questions from the audience will be recorded (audio) but no visual images will be recorded of the audience.

 

SECURITY AND LAW: A REALITY CHECK

This public discussion is the seventh event of Security and Law: A Reality Check, the new event series to address how international law matters in security affairs. The Reality Checks aim to critically assess if current norms fit contemporary and future security challenges, how international commitments can effectively be implemented, and how new international law can successfully be shaped. The series feature a new GCSP format: the audience attending the event is encouraged to steer the discussion by challenging the speakers and experts. Join the debate. Join the Reality Check.

John B. Bellinger III will reflect on the current U.S. approach to international law and institutions and share his thoughts and experience on how to bridge diverging political and legal perspectives to the benefit of cooperation and stability.

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