Tag Archives: international law

U.S. Treaty Practice — Hostage to Unrealistic Demands?

          Treaty practice is an essential aspect of U.S. foreign policy. It is particularly important in trade and finance matters — from the WTO to bilateral investment treaties to international antitrust cooperation agreements.       Treaty practice is important also to a … Continue reading

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U.S. – China Litigation in the WTO — What Does the Record Show for Obama and Bush?

 U.S.-China trade relations have become a leading foreign policy and trade issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, as demonstrated by the candidates’ statements throughout the presidential debates. What does the WTO data show? President Obama’s administration has filed more cases … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court and International Law — An Unclear Future …..

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the “Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991” only applies to individuals and not corporations. (Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority). This was based on the interpretation of the term “individuals.” This was a technical but a … Continue reading

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Unilateral Action and Changing International Rules — Reagan and Obama — An Untold Story.

Recently gave a short presentation on Eric Holder’s legal defense of the Obama administration’s policies concerning military commissions and targeted killings. But my main point was how unilateral actions by the U.S. can help change outdated international law rules. In … Continue reading

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National Security, Global Competitiveness, and Rules of the Road — The Right Balance at APEC & ASEAN — Promoting A Rules-Based Foreign Policy.

At the recent APEC and ASEAN trade meetings President Obama was concerned about balancing strategic and national security with global trade and competitiveness of U.S. firms. He also set a clearer tone for U.S. foreign policy, one promoting a rules-based system. This … Continue reading

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