The Defense Department has reportedly restricted congressional visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Syria. Is an executive limitation on congressional foreign travel consistent with the separation of powers?
A review of Anthea Roberts's Is International Law International? (Oxford, 2017).
A proposal to require Senate advice and consent on special envoys raises interesting constitutional questions.
There is a fair argument that the President cannot renegotiate a trade agreement without specific, prior approval from the Senate.
How much do we know about this separate domain of privately funded congressional foreign travel? Has reliance on private sources become more or less common over time? Which members of Congress have participated? Where did they go? And who paid for it?
Reprentative Gabbard probably did not violate the Logan Act, but she may have run afoul of House ethics rules.
One of the big takeaways from the South China Sea arbitration is that the high-tide features in the Spratly Islands are mere “rocks” under Article 121(3) of UNCLOS. This outcome is not only significant for the South China Sea; it also suggests something about the status of disputed features in the East China Sea: the Senkaku Islands.