Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Philippe Sands


Sixty years ago, the United States and Great Britain spearheaded efforts to create a new world order based on international rules. Today these same two nations are leading the charge to abandon many of the global safeguards they once fought to establish. The Bush Administration has decided to turn its back on international agreements governing basic human rights, war, torture, and the environment. In this transcript from the Schlesinger Lecture held in November 2005, Professor Sands discusses how international rules are arbitrarily applied as human rights prove to be inconvenient in the face of globalizing economic forces.