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It is hard to imagine a more important or timely topic than the one chosen by the Georgetown Journal of International Law for this symposium: "The United States and International Law: Confronting Global Challenges." Whether one focuses on critical national security issues, international trade, protecting human rights, or helping to rebuild war-torn societies, decisions made by U.S. officials take place in a global context. In this context, international law affirms basic rules and standards, which can help to protect U.S. interests and values, and international institutions frequently play a significant role in coordinating the support and resources of many states to meet common challenges.

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36 Geo. J. Int'l L. 655-657