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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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The Pan-American Redefinition of the Monroe Doctrine and the Emerging Language of American International Law

The Pan-American Redefinition of the Monroe Doctrine and the Emerging Language of American International Law

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(p.59) 3 The Pan-American Redefinition of the Monroe Doctrine and the Emerging Language of American International Law
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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/9780190622343.003.0003

Chapter 3 studies the way in which the debates over the existence and nature of an American international law drew on discussions about the Monroe Doctrine and its legitimacy and redefinition as a Pan-American and hemispheric principle of international law, focusing on Alejandro Alvarez, who was the most eloquent promoter of this approach. Both Latin American and US international lawyers, diplomats, politicians, and intellectuals took an active part in these debates, notably Alvarez, Luis María Drago, Baltasar Brum, Elihu Root, Charles Evans Hughes, Theodore Roosevelt, Hiram Bingham, James Brown Scott, and Woodrow Wilson, among others. The chapter examines how a US national, political and unilateral doctrine of the nineteenth century began to be conceived as a continental and multilateral principle of international law in the early twentieth century.

Keywords:   Monroe Doctrine, Pan-Americanism, Alejandro Alvarez, Luis María Drago, Theodore Roosevelt, James Brown Scott

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