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Internationlists & ICJ Lose



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That’s Hofstra University Law Professor Julian Ku’s bottom-line assessment of the Supreme Court’s decision in Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon , an important decision released today that has been overshadowed by the Texas redistricting cases.  In the course of rejecting the efforts of alien criminal defendants to invoke international law to challenge their convictions, the Court held that U.S. courts are not bound by the International Court of Justice’s interpretations of treaties to which the U.S. is a party. Summarizes Ku: “When the ICJ is wrond (as the Court held here), the Supreme Court is free to reject their decisions.”



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