Obama’S Pledge to International Law: A Look at the First Sixteen Months in Office
Hague Center for Strategic Studies in the Defense Transformation program, NL
Federico Rojas has a BA from the University College Maastricht and is currently finishing his thesis for the LL.M. Public International Law: Law and Politics of International Security, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For the last 8 months he has been interning as a policy analyst.
This paper will seek to provide a general overview of the Obama administration’s impact on international law after the first 15 months in office. Overall there has been a clear change of direction from the Bush administration’s approach to international law, but there are some areas of controversy such as detainment of prisoners and the use of military drones in Pakistan, in which the Obama administration has been criticized for pushing the boundaries of international law. A comparison will also be made between the newly released National Security Strategy the ones released under the Bush administration.