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Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials, 5E

Front Cover - Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials, 5E

Fifth Edition

Curtis A Bradley
Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law

Jack L. Goldsmith
Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

2014. 912 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-3921-7. With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

A leading casebook in foreign relations, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials examines the constitutional and statutory law that regulates the conduct of contemporary U.S. foreign relations. It offers a compelling mix of case and non-case materials with a focus on U.S. affairs abroad and international cases in which the U.S. exercises jurisdiction.

Hallmark features of Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials include:

• Extensive coverage of contemporary foreign relations law controversies, including the President’s war powers and the legal framework of the post-September 11th “War on Terrorism”
• A mix of leading cases and other materials, e.g., statutes, treaties, and Executive Branch pronouncements
• Extensive Notes and Questions, including historical background, relevant cases, and academic debates
• Cohesive theoretical framework illuminating the intersection between international law and U.S. domestic law and the relevance to modern affairs controversies
• Constitutional issues including the role of constitutional structure in regulating foreign affairs and the ways the constitutional law of foreign affairs often develops outside the courts
• A detailed Teacher’s Manual that provides in-depth analysis of core content and helpful suggestions for approaching the material

Updated throughout, the Fifth Edition:

• Reorganizes the material into three thematic parts, concerning the government institutions that interact with foreign relations law, the role of international law in the U.S. legal system, and the legal issues associated with international crime, war, and terrorism
• Explores the implications of the Supreme Court’s restriction of human rights litigation under the Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum  
• Contains updated material on the “War on Terrorism,” including materials relating to targeted killing, electronic surveillance, and the use of military commissions
• Takes account of recent lower court decisions, such as the Third Circuit’s decision in United States v. Bond (concerning the scope of the treaty power), and the Fourth Circuit’s decision in Yousuf v. Samantar (concerning foreign official immunity and deference to the Executive Branch)
• Considers the domestic and international law issues associated with U.S. efforts to combat piracy and try pirates in U.S. courts
• Excerpts and analyzes the Supreme Court’s latest decision concerning the political question doctrine, Zivotofsky v. Clinton

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