Saturday, September 27, 2008

Article Recommendation - When Judges Make Foreign Policy

Just a quick note to recommend an article in the New York Times magazine.

When Judges Make Foreign Policy focuses on two decisions from the last Supreme Court term and how they reflect ongoing ideological conflicts in how Justices view international law and the U.S. Constitution.

The two decisions were Boumediene v. Bush & MedellĂ­n v. Texas. Both cases required the Court to consider the role of international law in the U.S. judicial system.

The article is interesting in that it endorses a court that acts in an 'activist' manner - looking for legal justifications that lead the country in different directions depending on what is 'good' for the country.

(It seems like I'm constantly referring to articles from the New York Times. They have had unusually good coverage of the legal aspects in international affairs lately.)