Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Reader response to "What's the big deal about foreign law in US courts?"

I was pleased this morning to find a thoughtful response to my multipart post on the relevance of foreign law in US courts, here, posted by Arthur at Ad Populum. I'll try to find a moment today to respond, although I'm rushing out of here now. I should emphasize, though, that the multipart post is simply taken from early notes from a section of my Harvard Law Review review essay on Anne-Marie Slaughter's splendid new book, A New World Order (Princeton 2004). It is not at all a finished product - which is true of all the stuff I post; I am looking to work out ideas here in this blog, not present final products - I was looking for something to help frame the issues for debate for folks not already up on the topic. I hope it is helpful. But Arthur's response was insightful, and I'll look to make some comments on it later.

Meanwhile, just to restate: Justices Scalia and Breyer will hold a conversation at American University law school, Thursday, January 13, 4-5:30, on the topic of "The Relevance of Foreign Law in US Constitutional Adjudication," moderated by NYU's Norman Dorsen. Rsvp to attend in person to secle@wcl.american.edu and more details can be found at the events section of www.wcl.american.edu. The event will also be livestreamed on the web, and details can be found to link to the livestream on the main law school web page, www.wcl.american.edu.

(The event is co-sponsored by the law school and the US Association of Constitutional Law, which is the US affiliate of an international scholarly organization for comparative constitutional law - Michel Rosenfeld of Cardozo Law School is the president of the US affiliate, Norm Dorsen is the founding president, and I am the treasurer and a board member. It's a very cool organization and everyone should join, dues are a mere $35 a year.)

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