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Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials

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Sixth Edition


Curtis A. Bradley
Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law 

James L. Goldsmith
Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

2017. Approx. 900 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7643-4. 

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About the Book

A leading casebook on foreign relations law, authored by two widely cited and experienced scholars, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials examines the law that regulates the conduct of contemporary U.S. foreign relations. It offers a compelling mix of cases, statutes, and executive branch materials, as well as extensive notes and questions and discussion of relevant historical background.

New to the Sixth Edition:

The Sixth Edition contains excerpts of important recent Supreme Court decisions, including Zivotofsky v. Kerry (concerning the President’s power to recognize foreign governments and their territory), and Bond v. United States (concerning the relevance of federalism to Congress’s implementation of a treaty).  It also contains materials and discussion concerning recent executive branch actions relating to foreign relations law, such as the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement, and the military campaign against the Islamic State.

Casebook Features:

  • Extensive coverage of contemporary foreign relations law controversies, including the President’s power to make non-binding “political commitments,” the authority of the President to use military force without congressional authorization, the proper scope of human rights litigation in U.S. courts, and the extent to which U.S. laws apply “extraterritorially” to foreign conduct
  • A mix of leading cases and other materials, e.g., statutes, treaties, and Executive Branch pronouncements and memoranda
  • Extensive Notes and Questions, including coverage of historical background, relevant cases, and academic debates
  • Cohesive theoretical framework illuminating the intersection between international law and U.S. domestic law, the relationship between legal principles governing domestic relations and those governing foreign relations, and the relevance of history to modern affairs controversies
  • Constitutional analysis including reflections on the role of constitutional structure in regulating foreign affairs and the ways the constitutional law of foreign affairs often develops outside the courts through the practices and interactions of Congress and the executive branch
  • A detailed Teacher’s Manual that provides in-depth analysis of core content, helpful suggestions for approaching the material, and sample exams
  • Complimentary supplements provided twice a year by the authors to ensure that the materials stay up to date between editions.

Preface / Sample Chapters