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Multilateralism as Terror: International Law, Haiti and Imperialism

Miéville, China (2008) Multilateralism as Terror: International Law, Haiti and Imperialism. Finnish Yearbook of International Law 19 , pp. 63-92. ISSN 0786-6453.


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Much of the liberal criticism of the Bush administration's prosecution of the war in Iraq has taken a legalistic form, decrying that law as 'illegal'. This criticism has often implied that US unilateralism has been definitional to the neoconservative project and the geopolitical moment, and that a contrasting and supposedly non-existent 'multilateralism' would be neither illegal nor objectionable. The overthrow of Haiti's President Jean-Bertrande Aristide in 2004 and the subsequent installing of UN MINUSTAH peace-keepers in the country was a model multilateral action, the fact of which should have problematised this model: its almost wholesale ignoring in the scholarly international law literature is therefore investigated. The intervention is understood as a successful imperialist action, and the argument made that multilateralism as much as unilateralism can easily be part of an imperialist strategy.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): International Law, Haiti, Imperialism, Unilateralism, Multilateralism
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Dr China Mieville
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 11:59
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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