Universal Truths or Universal Institutions? Why Global Governance Contradicts Our Declaration of Independence

An America’s Founding and Future Lecture

February 11, 2013
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Jeremy A. RabkinProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law 
Author of Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The Case for Sovereignty: Why the World Should Welcome American Independence (AEI Press, 2004)

Advocates for global standards in our time urge us to embrace a higher law than mere national legislation. It sounds like an equivalent to natural law.  Some scholars say it is.  The American Founders, with a more secure understanding of natural law, saw the authority of national law quite differently.  Their view of natural law remains much more compelling.

Jeremy A. Rabkin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches international law and American constitutional theory.  Before joining the faculty in June 2007, he was Professor of Government at Cornell University for 27 years. A renowned scholar in international law, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace, and independent federal agency, and also on the Board of the Center for Individual Rights, a non-profit legal advocacy organization. His full-length books include Law Without Nations? (Princeton University Press, 2005); The Case for Sovereignty (AEI Press, 2004); Why Sovereignty Matters (AEI Press, 1998); and Judicial Compulsions, How Public Law Distorts Public Policy (Basic Books, 1989).  He co-edited (with L. Gordon Crovitz) The Fettered Presidency, Legal Limitations and the Conditions of Responsible Policymaking (AEI Press 1989).  He has written numerous chapters in edited books, articles in academic journals, and essays.  He received recognition as "Best Professor" in a 2002 Readers Poll of the Ithaca Times.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Cornell University.

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