The Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group,
New York City Lawyers Chapter,
and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York



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Customary International Law 5-3-06 - MP3

The Law of Nations includes principles of customary international law. Customary international law has played a role in American history, at times in tension with the U.S. Constitution. Most recently, principles of customary international law have been relied on to support divergent policy choices, and have been featured in lawsuits addressing the War on Terror, particularly concerning the standards applicable to detainees. Many fundamental questions remain unresolved. How does customary international law relate to the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Supremacy Clause? What are the roles of the three branches in interpreting customary international law? Do customary international law principles establish a cause of action under the Alien Tort Claims Act or other statutes after Sosa? This program will focus on these and related issues of vital importance to the developing international system.

Confirmed Speakers to Date Include:

  • Prof. Martin Flaherty, Fordham University Law School, and Chairman of the NYC Bar Committee on International Human Rights
  • Prof. David Golove, New York University School of Law
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Mr. David B. Rivkin, Baker & Hostetler
  • Judge Josť A. Cabranes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit--Moderator
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Association of the Bar of the City of New York - New York, NY

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