Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Disabilities Convention and the making of international law

Tyler Cowan had this to say: "More generally, the U.S. will be most interested in ratifying Conventions only if they bind other nations in a useful way to the United States."

That, I think, sums up US foreign policy: the society of states is by no means a society of equals, therefore neither good faith nor fair dealing is requisite in matters of international negotiation. All that is requisite is the power to bind other nations to your own goals. That certainly explains US foreign policy in international tax: the lopsided (north/south) tax treaty network, the TIEA network, and the growing FATCA network. 

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