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ISSN 1862-7617
Publications - Essays - 12-2012
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Dr. Eric Engle, LL.M.

Lawfare, Wikileaks, and the Rule of Law.

Abstract from the author

Portrait des Autors"Lawfare" is the idea that international law only exists as a strategem; that states only comply with or create international rules as part of their quest for power; that power, not law or morality or even trade dominates international relations; and that states are rational power maximizers. As such, it is a variant within the (failed) IR Realist theory of international law.

This article outlines the tenets of "lawfare" placing "lawfare" in the broader historical context. It then places lawfare into the practical contemporary context. It positions lawfare within a spectrum of ideas and movements opposing globalization such as Wikileaks, Al Qaeda, Occupy Wallstreet, and also Neoconservatism. The article concludes that global liberalism ("Empire") will likely meet and triumph over each of these challenges because liberalism is open textured, sustainable, and self-replicating whereas its opponents are conspiratorial, fragmented, disorganized, lack a mass base, and cannot articulate a comprehensive and compelling alternative vision.

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Index of contents

International Law

Al Qaeda | Aristotle | Assange, Julien | Austin, John | China | Clausewitz, Karl von | Democracy | Empire | Europe | Foucault, Michel | Globalization | Hegemony | Hobbes, Thomas | International Law | International Relations | IR | Justice | Knowledge | Lawfare | Liberalism | Mandate of Heaven | Mao | Mass movement | Neoconservatism | Occupy Wall Street | OWS | Peace | Plato | Power | Rule of law | Rulership | States | Strauss, Leo | Theory | Thucydides | Trade | United Nations | USA | Wikileaks | Zedong, Mao

Quotation reference:
Eric Engle, HFR 2012, S. 190 et seqq.

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Edited by Tobias M. Dreyer