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Disabilities Treaty Committee in the Crosshairs (Lawprof to the Rescue)

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by Peter Spiro Very interesting hearing yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. C-Span video here. Treaty opponents are focused on the treaty committees and the risk of evolving treaty meanings. It’s perfect terrain on which to transpose longstanding anxieties regarding activist judges onto […]

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Bond v. United States and the Non-Use of the Treaty Power

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by Peter Spiro Has the federal government ever put Missouri v. Holland to work? I don’t think so, though I always hesitate to state it categorically. The Supreme Court’s 1920 decision in Holland squarely held that the Treaty Power adds something to other enumerated federal authorities. But there appears to be no instance in which […]

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NSA Files: An Emerging Human Right to Privacy?

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by Peter Spiro Josh Gerstein has this interesting piece at Politico on how the citizenship divide is breaking down as a defensible perimeter in the legal justification of electronic surveillance. It’s clear where the old reflex is coming from: lawyers steeped in a constitutional tradition that distinguishes citizens from foreigners (and US territory from foreign […]

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Anyone Else Wistful for the Good Old Days, in Which Presidents Went It Alone?

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by Peter Spiro You never know, President Obama might turn things around. On the other hand, things sound bad on the Hill. The Administration would have to run the table to get a yes-vote from both houses of Congress (it’s uphill even in the Senate). It may not be too early to start writing the post-mortems. […]

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