'The American Society of International Law, foundations, and other interested groups should step up their efforts to educate members of Congress and state officials about the value to their constituents of certain treaties, such as the VCCR and other more technical international agreements. These officials need to understand better that the State Department does not negotiate these treaties in order to bestow unilateral benefits on other countries but because these treaties are in the interest of everyday Americans.'-- Arnold & Porter partner John B. Bellinger III, who was the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State during the 2d administration of President George W. Bush, in an Opinio Juris commentary on a new article, International Law at Home: Enforcing Treaties in US Courts, written by our colleague, Yale Law Professor Oona A. Hathaway, along with Covington & Burling associate Sabria McElroy, and 2011 Yale Law graduate Sara Aronchick Solow. (credit for photo of U.S. Capitol) "VCCR" refers to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, a treaty on which we've frequently posted. The U.S. Supreme Court's taken up the treaty a number of times, among them in Medellín v. Texas (2008), in which a majority rejected the request both of the petitioner and President Bush to enforce an International Court of Justice ruling – a refusal the led to the petitioner's execution a few months later.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
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