Tag Archives: Legislative Diplomacy

Legislative Diplomacy After Zivotofsky

Zivotofsky was a case about the recognition power, but it was also the first in quite a while to offer any insight into the Justices’ views on the nature of the President’s power to communicate with foreign sovereigns. Given precedents like Curtiss-Wright, … 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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Some Historical Perspective on Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

Today there’s some interesting news from the realm of foreign relations law: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address to Congress next month on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program, presumably to encourage legislators to support a hardline … Continue reading

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New Article on the Diplomacy Powers of Congress

I’m happy to report that I have a new piece out in the Michigan Law Review. It’s entitled “Legislative Diplomacy” and provides an empirical and theoretical analysis on the extent to which Congress has constitutional authority to engage in international diplomacy. … Continue reading

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Data on Congressional Foreign Travel

If you’d like to know about some of your representative’s or senator’s foreign travel habits, you can find out at the link below. The link will download a spreadsheet containing data on all congressional foreign travel for 2009, which is … Continue reading

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The Decentralization of American Diplomacy

The Atlantic has a good article out right now on mayoral participation in global diplomacy. According to the authors, the practice is increasingly common and ambitious. Mayors of large cities have taken on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear disarmament, to … Continue reading

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Foreign Travel By Members of Congress (Part III)

As I explained previously (here and here), I’ve been writing a piece that examines Congress’s involvement in international diplomacy. One half of the article documents the nature and extent of the contemporary practice, while the other analyzes that practice from a separation-of-powers … Continue reading

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