This paper advances a theory of judicial treaty interpretation and enforcement in the American legal system.
Today, the doctrine of self-execution dominates the study of judicial enforcement of treaties in U.S. courts. This paper, based on an extensive study of the record of treaty practice in U.S. courts, suggests a different analysis.
Treaty enforcement has in practice varied on who judges are asked to enforce a treaty against – the party alleged to be in breach – whether States, the Executive, or Congress. This paper shows this pattern thorough the history of U.S. treaty practice.
International Law | Law
Center on Global Governance
When Do American Judges Enforce Treaties?,
University of Chicago Public Law Research Paper No. 82
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