Austrian Review of International And European Law 2003 by Gerhard Loibl

By Gerhard Loibl

The Austrian evaluate of foreign and ecu legislations is an annual book that gives a scholarly discussion board for the dialogue of problems with public overseas and eu legislation, with specific emphasis on subject matters of distinctive curiosity for Austria. Its analytical articles concentrate on theoretical questions, present advancements, and rising traits in all components of the sector, together with targeted studies of suitable contemporary literature. problems with human rights legislation and the legislations of overseas enterprises also are coated. an immense critical part of the assessment is its digest of Austrian perform in public foreign legislations, encompassing judicial judgements, government in addition to parliamentary records. The editorial board and advisory board include students and practitioners in public foreign legislations and eu legislation, making sure that the assessment thoroughly displays the interrelationships among present advancements in legislation and perform and the theoretical foundations of the ongoing evolution of foreign legislation.

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Invariably, at some point, they or their minions make a fatal mistake. The message of history appears to be that, for an empire to sustain itself, it must generate an ethos of invincibility. Where democratic rulers are sustained by their legitimacy, rulers of empire need to be perceived as infallible. Unlike elected presidents, they cannot be seen to fall on their face for, when the subjects begin to snigger, the game is up. And, the thing is, the emperor always stumbles. Truly thoughtful imperialists have tried to beat the odds by setting up a facade of legitimate institutions behind which, for example, the wizard of Windsor could safely rule unobserved.

Lindley-French, “Leading Alone or Acting Together? The Transatlantic Security Agenda for the Next US Presidency”, Occasional Papers 20, Institut d’Études de Sécurité, Paris, September 2000. 34 Austrian Review of International and European Law decided and controlled by those that do not respect institutions nor norms. If one accepts that Europe can only grow within an euroatlantism defined by the US strategic decisions, the process of the European construction, although necessary, will become a secondary one.

The United States has already a privileged position on the basis of the UN Charter as it is: It has the veto power which it shares, however, with four other States. It has the military power to enforce Security Council decisions where it sees fit to do so. In addition, it is the single most important financial contributor to the UN. On the other hand, this structural primacy of the United States is balanced by the fact that it does not command any automatic majority. e. hegemonic impact. The Iraq case is a telling example: Had the Security Council given in to US pressure to use force against Iraq in order to terminate its alleged breach of its disarmament obligations, the UN would be completely discredited as no forbidden weapons have been found.

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