Foreign Policy Forum
The Future of International Law in an Age of Trump
The current international liberal order is defined by political commitment to multilateralism, human rights, and the rule of law. Can this order survive if America turns its back on these values? Will the world continue to seek multilateral solutions and promote global integration? What is the future of contested areas of international law concerning human rights and accountability for atrocities? In her talk, Karen J. Alter looks at the history of international law and draws on numerous social science studies to argue that President Trump’s policy positions are neither a major break from past US politics, nor likely to meaningfully affect international law. The larger threat to the international liberal order, she argues, is global populism and the general decline in international support for the rule of law it represents. This lecture is generously supported by Daimler-Fonds.