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Public Commitment to International Law: Canadian and British Media Perspectives on the Use of Force by Stephen J. Toope

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The study focuses solely upon daily newspapers. Newspapers allow for the luxury of relatively extended analysis, which would open up the possibility of more in-depth coverage of international law than might be expected in the electronic media. The author provides an overview of the treatment of international law in selected Canadian newspapers. The locally oriented Vancouver Sun contains many fewer references to international law than do the Globe and Mail or the National Post. The hopes, fears and tensions reached a climax during the debates over the use of force in Iraq, debates that serve as a metaphor for wider controversies concerning the role of law in international affairs. The author concludes that despite the evidence showing that international law is more salient than ever in international politics, and sometimes in domestic politics as well, international law is not well reported in the UK or the Canadian print media.

Keywords: British media; Canadian media; force; international law; public commitment



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