International Law in the U.S. Legal System

International Law in the U.S. Legal System

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The war on terrorism has rapidly increased the importance of international law in the United States. U.S. courts have seen a substantial increase in cases raising issues of international law, and judges have expressed a growing interest in, and appreciation for the topic. This heightened internationalism in the U.S. judiciary has been extremely controversial because of the level of interpretation inherent in the application of international law in our domestic courts. International Law in the U.S. Legal System decodes the often complicated ways that international law operates within the United States legal system and sheds light on unresolved issues and areas of controversy. The book covers all of the principal forms of international law including treaties, decisions and orders of international institutions, customary international law, jus cogens norms, and general principles. It also explores a number of issues that are implicated by the intersection of U.S. law and international law, such as foreign sovereign immunity, international human rights litigation, extradition, and extraterritoriality.show more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 167.64 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195328590
  • 9780195328592
  • 1,669,500

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This scrupulously fair and fully researched treatise is destined to be the standard reference for all issues involving the application of international law by U.S. courts. Paul Stephan, University of Virginia School of Law This is an excellent primer on the application of international law in the United States, written by a leading U.S. scholar and former Counselor to the Legal Adviser of the State Department. Professor Bradley's objective discussions of the status of customary international law and the tensions between international law and U.S. constitutional law are especially illuminating. John B. Bellinger III, Partner, Arnold & Porter, and Former Legal Adviser to the State Department, 2005-2009 Over the past twenty years, Professor Curt Bradley has generated some of the most perceptive - and at times provocative - commentary on the relationship of international law to U.S. law, often presenting serious challenges to conventional assumptions and orthodoxy. This book synthesizes, integrates, and develops that commentary in a highly-readable and well-documented volume; a must-read for anyone who cares about whether and how one of the most powerful countries in the world internalizes international law. Sean D. Murphy, Member, U.N. International Law Commission, Professor, George Washington University Law School International Law in the U.S. Legal System is admirably lucid, even-handed, and comprehensive-a most impressive accomplishment that encapsulates years of research and reflection. It will have a long shelf life-and deserves a place on the shelves of every international lawyer. Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Universityshow more

About Curtis A. Bradley

Curtis Bradley is the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law in the United States. Professor Bradley has been writing and teaching about international law and its status in the U.S. legal system for almost twenty years. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles in top law journals, he is the co-author of a leading casebook on U.S. foreign relations law. He has also served as the Counselor on International Law in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. State Department and currently is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law. Professor Bradley is also a Vice-President of the American Society of International Law and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.show more

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