International Law and The Future of Freedom is the late John Barton's exploration into ways to protect our freedoms in the new global international order. This book forges a unique approach to the problem of democracy deficit in the international legal system as a whole—looking at how international law concretely affects actual governance. The book draws from the author's unparalleled mastery of international trade, technology, and financial law, as well as from a wide array of other legal issues, from espionage law, to international criminal law, to human rights law.
The book defines the new and changing needs to assert our freedoms and the appropriate international scopes of our freedoms in the context of the three central issues that our global system must resolve: the balance between security and freedom, the balance between economic equity and opportunity, and the balance between community and religious freedom. Barton explores the institutional ways in which those rights can be protected, using a globalized version of the traditional balance of powers division into the global executive, the global legislature, and the global judiciary.
About the authors
John H. Barton was the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School. His many books include The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Politics, Law, and Economics of the GATT and the WTO (2006) and The Politics of Peace: An Evaluation of Arms Control (1981).
Helen M. Stacy is Affiliated Faculty at the Stanford Law School and Senior Fellow of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford.
Henry T. Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School.
"International Law and the Future of Freedom provides readers with a unique approach to the problem of democracy deficit in the international legal system as a whole. Few international law books give as much attention to, or are as well-informed about, how international law concretely affects actual governance. Combining his unparalleled institutional knowledge and his bold imagination, author John Barton has produced a lucid synthesis of a wide array of controversial issues relevant to today's international law community."
—Guyora Binder, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development, SUNY Buffalo Law School