Law and Peace in A Changing World

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Cumberland Law Review


Designs for peace among nations have abounded throughout the course of history. The most successful plans harnessed the self-interest of ruling elites in the communities of the world. Rational leadership was a crucial factor in their success. Common global cooperation in minimizing the use of violence was, and is, the most difficult goal to achieve. It requires careful analysis of claims, claimants, perspectives, identifications, and other contextual factors. Cordell Hull was a master at that. Figures of no lesser stature than Franklin Roosevelt and Dean Acheson have called him the "father" of the United Nations. He was, in a true sense, not only "present at the creation" of a viable international security system; he was greatly influential in shaping it. He richly deserved the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in 1945. The purpose of this article is to honor the memory of Cordell Hull by analyzing the framework, policies and moving factors in the process of authoritative decision-making of the use of violence or persuasion on the global level, as well as to present alternatives for its improvement.

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