International Law and the Future of Freedom

International Law and the Future of Freedom

International Law and the Future of Freedom

International Law and the Future of Freedom

Synopsis

International Law and The Future of Freedom is the late John Barton's exploration into ways to protect our freedoms in the new global international order. This book forges a unique approach to the problem of democracy deficit in the international legal system as a whole-looking at how international law concretely affects actual governance. The book draws from the author's unparalleled mastery of international trade, technology, and financial law, as well as from a wide array of other legal issues, from espionage law, to international criminal law, to human rights law.

The book defines the new and changing needs to assert our freedoms and the appropriate international scopes of our freedoms in the context of the three central issues that our global system must resolve: the balance between security and freedom, the balance between economic equity and opportunity, and the balance between community and religious freedom. Barton explores the institutional ways in which those rights can be protected, using a globalized version of the traditional balance of powers division into the global executive, the global legislature, and the global judiciary.

Excerpt

John Barton was my husband of fifty years, and I never ceased to be amazed at him. Perhaps the only way to describe him would be as a modern Renaissance Gentleman. Gentleman he was: forever civil and courteous. He was also husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, friend, lawyer, and scientist—and by avocation, a musician, artist, theologian, and football fanatic. I think he would have been perfectly happy to live in a world without any borders whatsoever, and because of that, he never hesitated to talk to anyone, however unlikely they might seem to be, who might help to further the cause of peace and justice. He had great hope for the world and the physical, moral, and spiritual health of its people. He traveled tirelessly (sometimes to my great consternation!) to live out his commitment to eliminating the intellectual boundaries that keep people from engaging in civil discourse with each other. My family and I hope that this book, completed shortly before the tragic accident that took his life, will be an inspiration to those who read it and work to keep his legacy alive.

Julie Barton Los Altos, California . . .

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