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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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3 Dreams and nightmares of alternative powers' futures

Charles Sampford1

Introduction

During the late 1990s, the rising tide of globalization and the relative decline of sovereign states started me thinking about the governance values that should be influencing the institutions of the emerging international order. This was particularly stimulated by a 1989 keynote address that I was asked to deliver in New York's World Trade Center and my time as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Harvard the following year. My expressed hope was that the United States would champion and practice internationally the governance values it had so long and famously sought to achieve domestically — especially human rights and the rule of law. If it provided leadership in ...

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