Trust, Legality and Exceptionalism

Baocheng Liu / Christoph Stückelberger / Einar Tangen (Editor)


Trust is uniquely human and foundation for human cooperation. Today, the Rule of Law is highly relevant to build trust. The current and growing competition between USA and China as two superpowers reduces trust. It is linked to efforts of superiority, especially visible in the sectors of technology, military, trade, research, education and international standard setting and - especially in the U.S. - substantiated with the claim of exceptionalism. This book looks at the concepts, cases and expression of exceptionalism in the current geopolitical context, in the USA and in different countries, which see themselves as exceptional with an exceptional mission. The book offers ethical benchmarks to build trust and to react to notions of exceptionalism.