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The Hidden History of International Law in the AmericasEmpire and Legal Networks$
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Juan Pablo Scarfi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190622343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190622343.001.0001

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Toward a Pan-American Legal Order

Toward a Pan-American Legal Order

The Rise of US Hemispheric Hegemony and Elihu Root’s Visit to South America

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(p.1) 1 Toward a Pan-American Legal Order
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The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas
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Juan Pablo Scarfi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190622343.003.0001

Chapter 1 covers the rise of US hemispheric hegemony in Latin America and the projection of a US legal and political missionary vision in the region and the initial attempt to construct a continental public opinion favorable to the principles of peace, self-government, and international law in the first decade of the twentieth century. It also explores the visit of US Secretary of State Elihu Root to South America in the context of the Third Pan-American Conference held in Rio de Janeiro in 1906. It also analyzes the rise of Pan-Americanism as advanced by Root and other South American diplomats in the context of his visit to the region and the participation of the U.S. and Brazilian delegations at the Second Hague Peace Conference of 1907.

Keywords:   peace, self-government, US hemispheric hegemony, Elihu Root, South America

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