Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Study of International Law in American Law Schools: A Brief History

As I’ve discussed in other posts, international law has a fairly peripheral role in American legal education. Only eight schools require their students to complete a course on the subject, and the range of international electives tends to be quite limited. … Continue reading

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On the Senate Letter to Iran

A few quick points on yesterday’s open letter from 47 Republican Senators to the government of Iran: (1) I don’t see legislative communications with foreign governments as categorically or even mostly unconstitutional, especially when Congress doesn’t purport to speak on behalf … Continue reading

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The Senkaku Islands and the Problem of Intertemporality

An underappreciated complexity in the dispute over the Senkaku Islands is that the merits of the competing claims don’t hinge exclusively on contemporary international law. One of the most central issues is whether the Senkakus were terra nullius when Japan … Continue reading

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