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Readings: Curtis Bradley, International Law in the U.S. Legal System

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Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Lawfare is always pleased to note new books by friends and contributors, tag them as Readings, and encourage discussion of them here and around the web.  So please welcome Curtis Bradley’s brand-new book, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, just out from Oxford UP (2013).  Congratulations to Curt, and here is the book description from the publisher:

International Law in the U.S. Legal System explores the dynamic intersection between international law and the domestic legal system within the United States and covers both settled principles as well as unresolved issues and areas of controversy. Curtis Bradley considers all of the principal forms of international law: treaties, decisions and orders of international institutions, customary international law, and jus cogens norms. He also explores a number of specific topics that are implicated by the intersection of U.S. law and international law, such as foreign sovereign immunity, international human rights litigation, extradition, war powers, and extraterritoriality. As he explains, international law plays an important and sometimes under-appreciated role in the U.S. legal system, but its domestic application is mediated by a variety of structural considerations, including federalism and the separation of powers. This book highlights recent decisions and events relating to the topic (including decisions and events arising out of the war on terrorism), while also taking into account relevant historical materials, including materials relating to the U.S. constitutional founding. The book is designed to be accessible to a wide range of lawyers, judges, law students, and policymakers, both inside and outside the United States.

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