Abstract

Addresses the problems of the lack of democratic accountability & the lack of separation of powers in US involvement in multilateral international institutions. Such multilateral interventions have the advantage of allowing the prominence of US national interests to be submerged beneath the aegis of multilateralism but lack the proper authorization of Congress as evident in the Kosovo intervention. President Clinton claimed he had the power to do so under the Commander-in-Chief clause to use force without congressional consent; this resulted in the nullification of the War Powers Resolution & clearly failed constitutional standards. Other issues such as whether the US should obey international law are also considered. Basing international law on justice or fairness rather than the UN charters allows different interpretations to emerge undermining the rule of law in world affairs. Adapted from the source document.

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