Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Call for Papers: International Law and American Exceptionalism

Edited by
Professor Julian Killingley and Dr Jon Yorke
BCU Centre for American Legal Studies

Ashgate Series: Controversies in American Constitutional Law

Call for Contributors

President Barack Obama stated,

I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions,”
The President’s Address to the US Military Academy, West Point, May 28, 2014.

International Law and American Exceptionalism engages with the controversies surrounding the relationship of international law and American domestic law. It deals with a variety of approaches to the use/restriction/rejection of international law by Congress and the American courts through engaging with international legislation (in both “hard” and “soft” forms) and the increasingly important discourse on international judicial dialogue. It will analyse the processes of constitutional cross-fertilization in judicial constitutional-to-constitutional court dialogue and constitutional-to-regional court dialogue. The overarching theme of the collection is to investigate to what extent America is part of/abstaining from/contributing to, the globalization of legal principles. The perpetual pressures upon the various global agendas necessitates that the concept of “American exceptionalism” requires further critique to determine the boundaries of American sovereignty.    

The collection will bring together scholarship from different disciplines in analysing this issue, and we encourage contributions from both sides of the American political spectrum. We want to provide a platform for both conservative and liberal approaches to the issue of the utility of international law. The critique supplied can be multidisciplinary, including: legal, sociological, political, psychological and philosophical inquiry.

All areas of law will be considered for inclusion within the collection, from, inter alia, interpretations of Congressional powers under U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Sec. 8, “[t]o punish…Offences against the Law of Nations,” through to the consideration of the U.N. Convention Against Torture in immigration proceedings, to Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights in patent cases, to the consideration of the status of the fetus in the Organization of American States, and to the use of international climate change law.

We give discretion to contributors to identify your area of interest in the intersection of international and American law.

Submissions information:

To submit, please send your proposed title and a short synopsis of up to 400 words to: Dr. Jon Yorke, Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies, BCU Law School, Birmingham City University, UK, at: jon.yorke@bcu.ac.uk

Submissions decisions will be made by 10 August 2014.

Chapter submissions are 12,000 words, including footnotes. Bluebook citations are used for footnotes.

The deadline date for chapter submissions is 31 January 2015. Author proofs checking will be March 2015, and publication will be July 2015.   

Ashgate Series: Controversies in American Constitutional Law        

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Yorke at the above email address.