Brad Roth
Professor of Political Science and Law at Wayne State University






Works by Brad Roth

  • Brad R. Roth, “Secessions, Coups, and the International Rule of Law: Assessing the Decline of the Effective Control Doctrine,” Melbourne Journal of International Law 11 (2010), 393-440.
  • Brad R. Roth, “Coming to Terms with Ruthlessness: Sovereign Equality, Global Pluralism, and the Limits of International Criminal Justice,” Santa Clara Journal of International Law 8 (2010) 231-88.
  • Brad R. Roth, “State Sovereignty, International Legality, and Moral Disagreement,” in Tomer Broude & Yuval Shany, eds., The Shifting Allocation of Authority in International Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing Co., 2008), pp. 123-61.
  • Brad R. Roth, “Bending the Law, Breaking It, or Developing It?  The United States and the Humanitarian Use of Force in the Post-Cold War Era,” in Michael Byers & Georg Nolte, eds., United States Hegemony and the Foundations of the International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 232-63.
  • Brad R. Roth, Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement: Premises of a Pluralist International Legal Order (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Brad R. Roth, Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law (Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Gregory H. Fox & Brad R. Roth, eds. Democratic Governance and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Brad R. Roth, Background

Brad R Roth is an ACUNS member and Professor of Political Science and Law at Wayne State University.  Here, he discusses his upcoming book which examines the relationship between international and domestic political orders and how they are legally related.  Sovereignty, Roth explains, is an ambiguous term that requires some distinction depending on how one is using the word or concept.  He addresses the possible distinctions and types of discourse that exist in respect to sovereignty.  These distinctions help us define how we understand the relationship of states within the framework of international law. Roth points out the issues with universal jurisdiction and explains international law and justice through supply and demand.  The demand is high and requires the consent of a wide variety of parties, but limits to the institutional capacity of international legal systems can create supply shortage.  Roth provides his thoughts on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) ‘doctrine’, emphasizing the moral responsibility of states as opposed to their legal responsibility, and also weighs in on the structural integrity of the UN Security Council.

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Recorded on September 2011