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International Law 1) Lawyer role speaking in a lay context: Relate to Comprehensive Test Band Treaty and will be a mix

of law and politics. It will involve the presidential campaign coming up 2) Law of Treaties: May be on Vienna Convention or may be broader. a) Read the text of the treaty and annex on conciliation of the treaty. b) Article on the Treaty (See list) c) Look at treaty and customary law (North Sea Case) 3) Related to some Sovereign Immunity or Act of State in a legal sense. a) Janis Section dealing with National Jurisdiction b) Did the country have the power to legislate (ie. Foreign Corrupt Actions act) Don’t just look at National Jurisdiction and the ability to legislate on this, look at other aspects of sovereign immunity. This exam does not lend itself to IRAC. Most weight is to Issue and Analysis. Break down the issues and know what it is. Don’t state the issue only. Discuss the issue and apply the rule to the particular issue. I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. Nature of Public International Law 3 Use of Force 4 a) The exam will not have a lot on this except the Comprehensive Test Band Treaty is an attempt to restrain the use of force on weapons. Treaties as Sources of International Law 7 Customary International Law 9 Sources of Legal Rules: General Principles of Law, Natural Law, Equity 12 North Sea Continental Shelf Cases 14 a) This was looked at as to procedures of how legal rules are applied in international law Law of Treaties 15 a) U.S. what difference does it make whether the U.S. is party to this since it states customary law, but dispute settlement is still not customary law. b) Vienna Convention on Treaties 17 Agreements that Bind States 20 Comprehensive Test Band Treaty 24 a) This will be in the exam International Dispute Settlement 26 a) North Sea Continental Shelf Case were parties who were willing to accept decisions. (National Honor and countries were not going to go to war – did not implicate honor of country and how it would be seen in the world) b) Compare Nicaragua v. U.S. to countries that don’t want to participate c) This could broadly be attached to Comprehensive Test Band Treaty and the bad press in the U.S. for not getting involved.



d) Why go to dispute settlement and what makes a case appropriate with dispute settlement U.S. v. Iran and Elsie Case XI. National Jurisdiction 27 a) Required Janis Book: pp. 321-330) Jurisdiction based on territory, universal interests, etc. b) Comity 28 c) Forum non conveniens. (not in depth) 28-29 XII. Sovereign Immunity 31 a) Provided with full text and reviewed cases that illustrated before and after. b) Absolute sovereign Immunity to Strict sovereign immunity and why commercial activities don’t apply. (See case and paper written) XIII. Choice of Law 35 XIV. Act of State Doctrine 36 a) Should be mentioned but not as important as Sovereign Immunity b) Sabatino is important case here. 37 c) Importance has declined since the 60s, still comes up occasionally. XV. Diplomatic Immunity / Consular Immunity / Diplomatic Mission 40 XVI. Role of Legal Adviser 41-42 a) Some ideas will come indirectly into the final XVII. Kosovo and Hector Feliciano Speech 41



The Nature of International Law: A) The History of International Law: The principle of International law is that “nations ought to do to one another in peace, the most good, and in war, the least evil possible.” Motesquieu 1748 1) Contrast Public w/ Private Law: a) Public International Law concerns the political interaction of states (this class) b) Private International Law relates to legal aspects of the international (economy) and conflicts and cooperation among national (legal systems). 2) Contrast w/ International Business Law: a) International Law deals primarily with treaties b) International Business Law has an emphasis on business organizations in various foreign countries. This also deals with treaties. 3) An International Law Sampler: These cases focus on a domestic application of an international ruling. The Golder Case (p. 3): This case dealt with the European Commission of Human Rights (agreed to by the Council of Europe). This Commission allowed claims by individuals to be screened by them to see if they should be looked into for additional consideration. Great Britain, which prides itself as a model country for defendants rights was taken to task because the British system did not allow the prisoner to make a claim or see a lawyer. The gist is that in Great Britain, once you are in jail, you are subject to an administrative system instead of having access to a lawyer. Golder was accused of taking part in a prison riot, and was denied access to an attorney. Golder, after he was released from prison brought charges against Great Britain. The European Convention of Human Rights (article 6, 8 & 50) applied above the rules that Great Britain would apply according to the findings of this case. There is an obligation, by Great Britain to comply to the opinion. If Great Britain did not adhere to this ruling and the convention of the treaty, the other states which had signed on to the European Convention cannot force compliance directly, but could put pressure on them indirectly. Therefore the state can also put pressure on its citizens to adhere to the law as well. Filartiga v. Pena-Irala (p. 10): Torture is pretty much outlawed by custom and international law (derived from custom). The question is how can a party in a foreign country get jurisdiction in another country. The courts held that foreign citizens were under the jurisdiction of federal courts in the United States in cases like this. Torture of another person took place in a country outside the United States, and the United States took jurisdiction of the case. This was justified as the torturer is “an enemy of all mankind.” International Law as Contracts: Most international law conflicts don’t get into judicial tribunals. International law conflicts are usually discussed by looking to treaties. Instead of looking at court decisions, they are looked at by how the treaties were formed, intent, were the obligations contractual.



Use of Force: Retaliation and Reprisal: Look at this with a view toward Bosnia and Kosovo A) The Use of Force and Article 2(4) (p. 418-430) 1) Lou Henkin: Conclusion is that we must look to formalized rules and follow them. This approach to Kosovo 2) Michael Reisman: Conclusion looks at individual cases for world order, and justifies your actions in each case. In the case of Kosovo, this allows that we can go direct to the problem and solve it. 3) The Key to intervention and the suspension of sovereignty of a nation are: a) Humanitarian Intervention: (1) Genocide: The killing of a race of people. What about activities that are not criminally illegal, but the end is the same? (2) Protection of Nationals: Protect our own nationals (i.e. Granada) (3) Kosovo: This is an exception where there was no genocide, but the people were oppressed and not allowed to live (or in some cases were killed) as human beings. b) Self-Determination: Allow people to determine their own destiny. (1) What about minority rights v. majority rights? This is where the law and political science come together. 4) Once it is decided to take actions, what actions are allowed? a) Necessary actions b) Proportional to what was needed (no over-action) (Yugoslavia: Once basic structure was injured them Serbs gave up. Was there just enough damage to the infrastructure or too much?) 5) What is the legal norm of what is allowed (Article 2(4))? How do we reconcile exceptions to the norm. (i.e. Speed Limit analogy: Everyone speeds, and you get caught.) What are the limits? 6) B) The United Nations and Bosnia (pp. 479-484) C) Charter of the United Nations (pp. 712-713 and pp. 717-723) This is an agreement between states (Treaty – Contract between nations), that is a constituent instrument (constitution) of an international organization. Article 2 (4): All members must refrain (State to state) from the threat of use of force against territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any manner inconsistent with the purpose of the United Nations. Article 2 (7): Nothing contained in the present charter shall authorize the UN to intervene in matters which are essentially w/I the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter


would answer. 712-713) Chapter 5: The Security Council (pp. 3) Article 52: Collective self defense (e.S. 720-723) War. so it is assumed by the ICJ that the charter “created customary law on the use of force. 418) Charter of the United Nations 1) Article 2(4): All members must refrain from using force. NATO) collective self defense by several states. The case was argued how the court perceived the U.S. 430) This was a suit against the U. 2) Is this standard practice by UN? The Nicaragua Case (p. to withdraw and pay reparation to Nicaragua for its use of force. 2) Article 51: Permits a state that is attacked to respond. and Acts of Aggression (pp. Peace.S.e.S. 418) A) The Use of Force and Article 2(4) (p. The opinion eludes to the idea that there is “customary law to the use of force” and it is similar to Art. a state has the right to self defense until NATO takes over and gives the state direction as to further action. Policy” (p. what actually was NOT argued by the U.Article 3: Supremacy Clause: That this treaty trumps any other agreement. IMF) Article 51: Nothing shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the UN 1) 2) 3) 4) Chapter 1: Purpose and Principles (p. of the Peace. Judge Sheibel in his dissent felt that this was not fairly heard and several witnesses were not allowed to testify. However. Other’s would say it is not limited to self defense. Breaches. 719-720) Chapter 7: Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace.S.S. There really isn’t much written on this.S. threatened to take. Louis Henkin. The court tried to make it appear that this was a contested case. The usual would be that the U. If this Article is read strictly. Witnesses were not brought up to the ICJ in a fair way. The arguments that they U. Does Article 51 differ from the law in its absence? Some argue there is an inherent right of self defense. 420): Henkin discusses humanitarian intervention 1) Can we justify what was done by the UN in Kosovo? The main argument brought forth was humanitarian. This was used in the Cuban Missile crisis as the basis for the actions that the U. 717-719) Chapter 6: Pacific Settlement of Disputes (pp. the court wrote fiction v. and the United Nations (p.S. The U. would be seen as defaulting. “The Use of Force: Law and U. 2(4) of the UN charter. was supposedly made were really straw men.” 5 . This is a thorn in the side of other international organizations (i.g. was not there and this was an ex parte case.

Role of Legal Advisors to Foreign Ministries: 1) Kosovo: a) Actions of NATO made things worse. by encouraging atrocity. This shows how gullible we are to news. etc that were used by civilians) This is true in every war. 6 . There were not as many atrocities by Serbs against the Albanians as claimed or portrayed. d) Under UN and K4 major atrocities are now being attributed by Albanians against the Serbs and are being watched by occupying forces. c) There is revisionism in Kosovo. b) War is only over if collateral damage (hospitals. bridges.

Article 38 : To be a party to this allows the country to be a plaintiff in the case and choose the judges. d) The ICJ decisions are only binding on the parties before the ICJ. Question regarding estoppel which is a basic concept that is accepted in almost all legal systems) The court can extract a rule like this. (Judicially made rules) Secondary Areas of Authority (Help institutions to fulfil other roles 1) Law Review Articles 2) ALI Restatements 3) Treatises A) Sources of International Law (p.g. B) A Treaty Sampler (p. Treaties can also be constitutional (e. This is an agreement between countries. Commerce. conventions. The ICJ applies to countries who by: a) International Treaties. Treaties as Sources of International Law: (pp. Also this can be agreed to be treaty (I agree to settle any dispute in the ICJ). and rules. There are various types of treaties and can be as simples as a contract between countries.) All treaties are not constitutional a) What most International Law involves written rules and a way for the executive branch to enforce the rules. 20-38) Basic Sources of Law in the US: Written Law 1) Constitution 2) Federal Law 3) State Constitution 4) State Law Interpretation of the Written Law 1) Federal Court Rulings for Federal Law a) Exception is jurisdictional diversity cases 2) State Court Rulings for State Law and Federal Law interpretation 3) Court application of Common Law: Courts deal with this based on prior decisions rather than written laws. 3) The above is a common sense approach to International Law. United Nations Charter IMF Treaty. You may also do this case by case. charters b) International Customs c) General principles of law recognized by “civilized nations. 20) 1) Treaties: (e.III. To be a defendant you need something further by the way of consent. This is done via a declaration of what classes of cases you agree to be a defendant in. 22) Typical Treaties: FCN Friendship. b) Weak area is usually interpretation via judicial rulings 2) Statute of the International Court of Justice. U.” These are basic (e. Constitution was a treaty among the states). etc.g.g.S. Navigation are the basis treaties Internationally 7 .

22): This was a mutual defense treaty. acceptance and consideration. binding other countries. but during the period it was signed all countries were preparing for war. The center of this war was the right of princes and people to choose to be Catholic or Protestant 1) Re-established peace 2) Free choice of religion 3) Re-establishment of the Estates of the Empire A) State agree to limit their sovereignty in order to assure their sovereignty B) The Treaty of Paris (1783) (p.S. This created no real obligations. these types of laws are turning out to be productive because of the determination to make the rules work. 33): This is a contract for the purchase of land. However. Timing is everything in some of these acts 1) Hard Laws: Are meant to be followed 2) Soft Laws: Consequences of non-compliance are not spelled out clearly and they only are a preferred outcome. 36): This did not work.The Treaty Between the Jews and the Romans (Circa 160 BC) (p. The Cession of Alaska (1867)(p.consideration 2) Written Form: So no one can say you said this. 3) Religion: There is a basis usually from natural law or religious law The Peace of Westphalia (1648) (p. there can still be ambiguity. etc. acceptance and the key…. 3) Maritime Issues: definition of boundaries 4) Peace of Paris and the U. restitution of ceased property. 8 . 1) Recognition of the United States: 2) Effect on 3rd parties: Debts. even though they weren’t legally binding on countries. 24): This was a treaty between France and Sweden to end the 30 year wars and creates a lasting peace. IT was a treaty against war. There was no way to in the pact set up to implement it. The idea here is that there is a history to treaties. but also was the first to recognize the United States as a sovereign power. Helsinki Accord on Human Rights was written with a determination for it to work for Human Rights. Constitution: Unwillingness of the French to get involved in internal and international conflict of settlement with other countries. 1) Reciprocal good faith always seems to have been one of the key components in ensuring the obligatory force of treaties. and that things really have not changed over the years. This is like a modern contract with offer. 28): This was a treaty between France and the United States for fishing rights. The Kellogg-Briand Pact (1928)(p. 1) Deals with residence of the territory: There was an offer. However.

There was an abuse of good faith of the agreement. The Lotus Case (p. 66): A coastal fishing vessel off the coast of Cuba was seized as a prize of war during the Spanish-American War. The question is has Turck 9 . The court looked at the core practice of states and looked at how fishing vessels were treated over the years. and there needs to be some rules of more general application. local law.S. Exceptions: State’s may say things that are binding. The pirates wanted their cut. 66-99): A) Customary International Law (p. Since there was not treaty.” a) There are still times when experts are relevant. They looked for decrees of the various governments over time. This court went back 500 years (to 1403 AD) and what was approved by the King of England (Henry IV). This was basically taken as by a pirate ship that was commissioned by the country. The court said no. 66) 1) All treaty provisions need to be interpreted and.IV. The Paquette Habana (p. Custom and the Non-Consensual Sources of International Law (pp. Analysis of the court: Some treaty obligations continue. but they go against what has normally been done. even during the time of war. was not a part of and what they were a part of. The two ways of looking at custom are 1) Practice: This is what is normally done (practices of states) 2) Opinio Juris: This is identified by practice in most cases . 2) Treaties never bind all states. if treaty interpretation is not to be pure discretion. the court concluded that there are customary rules that say you can’t seize a civilian ship.S. How will the foreign law be applied v. but it is not so with the law of nations. They referred to inconsistencies in treaties by reviewing how the French treated the Dutch and how that was breached and terminated in 1675. 76): Cases was between France and Turkey and they agreed to let it be decided by the Court at the Hague. They looked at treaty rules as examples of practice. What is relevant in this case is how civilians are treated during the time of a military conflict. Question: Could the vessel be seized during military conflict. The court looked at a cross-section of states and how they treated fishing vessels during times of armed conflict. was a part of they looked at what the Executive branch of Congress has decreed (especially if this was in direct opposition or breach of a treaty – if it was in line with customary law) This case is cited primarily: 1) “International law is part of our law and must be ascertained and administered by the courts of justice of appropriate jurisdiction.” 2) “Foreign municipal laws must indeed be proved as facts. They reviewed rules that the U. as often as questions of right depending upon it are duly presented for their determination. In the rules that the U. some guidance from other forms of law is called for.

in international cases (as here) the court went through a full fact finding procedure to determine the outcome. they shall be settled by arbitrators. Notes: (p. the idea was the presumption that the burden of proof was on France. The consequence is that the 1962 resolution still was the rule of law. This involved a collision at the high seas. Now individuals and private corporations can be subject to international law. 3) Reversal of the Rule in Lotus: High Seas Convention of 1958 provides that in cases involving collisions on the high seas. 10 .S. 2) Individuals and International Law: The Arbitrator rejected the positivist doctrine of the 19th and early 20th centuries that held that international law could only bind states. we would look at where the crime took place or what the nationality of the defendant).S. The Texaco/Libya Arbitration (p. The arbitrator normally would take the complaint allegations as true. oil companies and the Libyan government provided that an aggrieved parry could request the President of the International Court of Justice to appoint a sole arbitrator if the other party refused to make an appointment to a 3-judge panel. Both countries looked to jurisdiction by looking at who the victims were (In the U. France had to prove that there is a rule of customary international law restricting Turkish independence rather than making Turkey prove that its prosecution was sanctioned by international law. France said that they would be the appropriate country to prosecute since the crime took place on. b) 1974 resolution did not reflect the kind of consensus of the 1962 UN resolution. In 1962 the UN was trying to get a consensus. The Turks ceased the Captain of the French vessel and wanted to try him. The Hague decided in favor of Turkey. Rules that are to be applied come from international settings. However. only the flag state or the national state of the accused may prosecute the officer in case of a collision on the high seas. The legal question for the Arbitrator was whether these NIEO resolutions had any legal force especially in the light of UN General Assembly Resolution 1803 (XVII) if 1962. This is an ex parte proceeding because Libya would not participate. 88): If there are disputes. 97) 1) “Mixed” International Arbitration: Here the Deeds of Concession between the U.violated the Convention of Lausanne. and the resolution was adopted with only a few negative votes. 87) 1) Positivism and the Nature of International Law: Positivism is that all international legal rules are based on state consent. Notes: (p. 3) The Role of UN General Assembly Resolutions in Making Customary International Law: a) The Libyan argument rested on the foundations of the 1973 and 1974 UN General assembly resolutions proclaiming a New International Economic Order (NIEO). The court ruled that Turkey’s state sovereignty is a fundamental principle for International Law 2) Burden of Proof: In this case.

4) Evaluating General Assembly Resolutions: In looking to the votes of states on General Assembly resolutions.. 5) The Efficacy of the Arbitral Award: Libya agreed to pay Texaco $76MM. should the votes of some states be given proportionality greater weight. The New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards provides for the recognition and enforcement of many foreign arbitral awards. and is used in commercial cases. 11 .

V. unconscionability laws) 2) It is only part of the customary (general) International Law. they agreed on the attorney-client privilege. making an unconscionable contract conscionable. There is no treaty provision for this subject. is not customary International Law. Equity: (pp. Sources of Legal Rules: General Principles of Law. 3) Von Verdross “Forbidden Treaties in International Law” (p. The judgement of the court does not have a dissenting opinion (it isn’t known if there was a division in the court). any existing treaty which is in conflict with that norm becomes void and terminates. by law. (these are known as Cogen Rules – e. it conflicts with a preemptory norm of general international law (p. The findings were narrow. In this case the commission is investigating on how prices are set. 2) Source for IL comes from the majority of the members states of the UN and other alliances a) Legal jargon is not always used for these areas. 99-129) A) General Principles of Law: 1) International Law (IL) is relatively new. 12 .e. The key to this case is that the advocate general looked to a general principle of law where the Treaty of Rome did not address attorney-client privilege. 1) Things.g. The claim is that the information that is being sought is protected by attorney-client privilege. 109) he states that the following are Jus Cogens: a) Treaty binding a state to reduce its police or its organization of courts b) Treaty binding a state to reduce its army in such a way to render it defenseless against external attack c) Binding a state to close its hospitals or schools…or in other ways to expose its population to distress. B) Natural Law: Jus Cogens: A Legal thing that parties by agreement cannot change (i. ECJ looked at fundamentals that they found in all or nearly all legal systems in the EC. The judges tried to fashion a rule out of what member countries do in this regard. Natural Law. b) Determining the issue at hand will then help to determine how the issue will be decided. The ECJ felt that they only needed to consider the member states positions to come up with a general principle of law. that parties can just not change. 756) 3) The AM&S Case: This case dealt with an agreement that was made prior to an antitrust agreement made by the European Community (Articles 85 and 86 Treaty of Rome). 753) d) Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: Article 64: If a new preemptory norm of general international law emerges. (p. c) Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: Article 53: A treaty is void if at the time of its conclusion. but did not extend it to communications of both in-house counsel and foreign lawyers not accredited by an EC member nation.

2) The Cayuga Indians Case: This is an arbitration between the US and Britain regarding the Cayuga Indians. Most Cayuga ended up in Canada and NY state said that the treaty was with the Cayuga of the US only. There were no general rules of IL and dealt with what was fair to the Indians. The Indians did not see themselves and being in NY state v. Canada. The court looked to justice and equity and looked past the treaty and looked at equity. Treaties between NY state and Cayuga in 1789.) C) Equity (p. but parties decide 2 weeks is more appropriate. and 1795 agreed to annuities between the Cayuga and NY. qualifying an undefined term in a contract.4) Jus Dispositivion: Dispositive Provisions: Fill a gap between the parties. but others can agree to change (i. on the equity of the matter. The idea here was principles of justice and fair play. a) Contra Bonos Mores: Against good morals.e. 1790. The Canadian Cayuga also got a proportionate share of the annuity. 3) The Meuse Case: 13 . 735): This Article says that the court can decide a case. A contract has to be accepted within 7 days. There is nothing wrong with this. (i. 122) 1) Statutes of the International Court of Justice: Article 38: (p. The idea is that the law reflects justice and fairness.e. what is a reasonable time period?) These are rules that the law provides. if the parties agree.

Court concluded that there was not a customary (general) principle of use that would include the equidistance principle under Article 6. especially look at the usage among the parties that have ratified the Convention. 1) Also. 3) Special Circumstances: There is a reservation that there may be special circumstances. by agreement. The ICJ’s decision shows that a Country that depends on an alleged international custom practiced by other Countries must prove to the ICJ’s satisfaction that this custom has become so ordinary as to be legally binding on the other parties. especially since other 2 parties did not rely on Germany’s actions. Review Article 83. Convention on the Law of the Sea (1980s) (p. 1) How to handle a joint case in the ICJ (procedural) entitles a judge from each country in the dispute.VI. But the court also rejects this and says that their job was not to establish boundaries already relating to the coast of the Countries and not determine what the areas were. but Germany did not ratify – most likely because they didn’t agree with certain sections of the Convention 1) If Germany didn’t ratify it their actions did not constitute ratification. It can be attacked because 1) Reservation: Countries can reserve their ratification in certain areas 2) Agreement: The Treaty prefers agreements between parties and not the rules of the treaty. 129-146) and write a page on each sides position. on behalf of Denmark and the Netherlands look for parties that are not parties to toe Convention have entered into an agreement using the principle in question with concaved coast. A) B) C) D) E) F) G) H) North Sea Continental Shelf Case (pp. Germany’s main argument was adjusted equitable share. you need to look at its usage. 14 . have the court decide a situation. International Court of Justice Article 36 (p. 776) Article 6 Geneva Convention had no teeth. All signed Geneva Convention. If principle has developed since the making of the article. or crystallize the principle because it was not in place at that time. 734) parties can. no estoppel 2) Article 6 does not codify the equidistance principle.

California (1952) (p. This is usually a provision of a treaty. The Dualistic approach of this case is that we make different deals internally than externally.S. Covert which dealt with crimes by U. 153) KEY CASE (KNOW FOR FINAL) Missouri v. had concluded the Treaty with Great Britain / Canada. w/o executing legislation.g. Robertson (1888) (p. The Supreme Court held that at least some of the provisions of the Bill of Rights limits the Treaty making of the executive branch. Treaties should only deal with matters of international concern. Holland) sometimes (not always) treaty is directly applicable in the U. Birds were the property of states. Is the world any different now that a treaty supports the new act? The Supreme Court said yes. 147) Asakura v. THIS ESTABLISHED THAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS LIMITS THE ABILITY TO MAKE AGREEMENTS OR TREATIES WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. (2) deals with commerce and national treatment clause (is that we will treat your nationals as well as our own) MFN (Most Favored Nation Provision) We will treat your businesses and people as favorably as any other country. FCN (Friendship Commerce and Navigation Treaty) are usually bi-lateral: These include three provisions: (1) Friendly relations. Missouri v. (e.S. 157): Congress had enacted Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect them. The U. This died with Reid v. Could they be tried in the other country or in the U. Holland (1920) (p. Whitney v. This exposed dependents of servicemen to military courts. citizens outside the U. Congress had assessed tariffs differently in both cases. 147-172 Chapter 4: International Law and Municipal Law (p.g. but if they couldn’t the later in time treaty ruled. The rationale is that Congress knew about the original treaty. The idea was to stop them from being killed.S. City of Seattle (1924) (p. The court tried to harmonize the inconsistent pieces of legislation. Neilson (1829) (p. 150) Sei Fuji v. 1) 10th Amendment (power of the state to form laws) is not a limitation on treaties 2) Treaty overrules state laws Bricker Amendment (1940s): Led a fight limiting the presidents’ ability to enter into treaties. Law of Treaties (Session 1) Casebook pp. If we negotiate a lower tariff with any other country we will give you the same deal) Self-Executing Treaty (Dualistic approach) (e. 160) Deal was that if we negotiate a better deal with Hawaii then the Dominican Republic should get the same deal. Certain basic freedoms should not be abridged by treaties. 147) A) Treaties in Municipal Law Foster & Elam v.VII.S. A lower court it was found that Congress did not have the authority to do this in an earlier Migratory Bird Act. 15 .S.

g. Law of Treaties (Session 2) Casebook pp.S.S.) This was in direct deference to New York State Law which did not allow nationalization of private property. 162): Russian corporation maintained a deposit with a U.S. Look to hearings before Congress to figure these out. Covert says there are still limits to the Federal governments ability to deal in international areas. There is not as much scrutiny when the Federal government deals in international affairs as when it deals with states. the property that was held in the U. Executive Agreements and the Constitution: Treaty is written in the Constitution in two different ways: Both are International Agreements Article II (2): This requires that “advice and consent” of the senate. United States v. no magical words. Belmont (1937) (p. trade agreements. and this was done to pay U.g. 165): Powers of different branches of government are not the same when in the international area. City of Seattle said that the Treaty with Japan was self executing and therefore needed no special act by Congress. What did the U. only the Federal government can do this.S. Pawnbroker case in Seattle or criminal prosecution) (a) Sei Fujii v. and conclude acts of hostility with foreign powers. get (did they get anything at all?) The Supreme Court held that the U. California used the United Nations Charter when there was no clear cut Treaty that dealt with this problem. agreements of the Monetary Fund.1) Can’t tell by looking at the treaty if it is self-executing. This especially because other countries don’t have self-executing treaties (e. Curtiss-Wright (1936) (p. Reid v. became the owner of the property (nationalized the property in the U. bank. However.S. (b) Asakura v. States cannot make agreements with other countries. (Recognize ambassadors. settle claims of American Nationals with Foreign countries.S. We don’t want a situation where our government cannot act when other governments can. (Usually found in history) Article VI (2): Executive Agreements: United States v. United Kingdom) 2) May look at what type of treaty it is? (e.g. citizens for what Americans had owned in Russia. The U. This is negotiated and then OK’d by Congress) 2) Presidential Power: (independent of acts of Congress) Look to the powers granted to the President.S. 740-765 (Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties) “Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties: Consequences of Participation and Non-Participation” (1984) –to be distributed 16 . Bolsheviks came to power and nationalized all corporations.S. Treaties are agreements between states in written form and governed by international law 1) Treaty by the Senate or legislation: (a) Previous Authorization: (b) Subsequent Authorization: (e. finally recognized Russia and under this recognition the Soviet Union gave to the U.

when signing. Application.) Article 6: Capacity of States to conclude treaties Article 7: Full powers Article 8: Subsequent confirmation of an act performed w/o authorization Article 18:Obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty prior to its entry into force (THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST VOLATILE ARTICLE IN THIS SECTION) Section 2: Reservations Article 19: Formulation of reservations Section 3: Entry into Force and Provisional Application of Treaties Article 24: Entry into Force Article 25:Provisional Application (Will comply with all provisions (assumed) before entry into force Part III: Observance. whereby it purports to exclude or to modify the legal effect of certain provisions of the treaty in their application to that State” Article 3: International agreements not within the scope of the Convention Article 4: Non-retroactivity of the present Convention Article 5: Treaties constituting international organization and treaties adopted within an international organization Part II: Conclusion and Entry into Force of Treaties Section 1: Conclusion of Treaties This section is formal is not usually enforced.Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties Part I: Introduction Article 1: Scope of the present Convention Article 2: Use of Terms (a) Treaty: “an international agreement concluded between States in written form and governed by international law. ratification. internationally. approving or acceding to a treaty.4 corners rulelook to the document) Article 32: Supplementary means of interpretation (Contract Law: Corbin – Look outside the contract – shared intentions of the parties) THIS IS NOT A RULE OF EVIDENCE: We can look outside the original agreement to see if the meaning is ambiguous. accepting. whether embodied in a single instrument or in two or more related instruments and whatever its particular designation. However a signature alone is possibly not enough to be bound. over international law) Section 2: Application of Treaties Section 3: Interpretation of Treaties Article 31: General rule of interpretation (Contract Law: Wiliston. THIS IS A DIRECTION TO LAWYERS ON HOW TO WRITE THEIR BRIEFS OR COURTS ON HOW TO WRITE THEIR OPINIONS Article 33: 17 . and Interpretation of Treaties Section 1: Observances of Treaties Article 26: Pacta sunt servanda Article 27: International law and observance of treaties (cannot apply domestic law .” (d) Reservation: “a unilateral statement however phrased or named….

Reservations are accepted unless a state raises objections in 12 months Part 3 .4 .Obligation not to defeat the object y purpose of a treaty prior to its entry into force b) Art. b) Art.2 – Terms b) Art.33 .Non-retroactivity d) Art 5 . 4) Codifies court decisions and customary international law.need for this was because there were African states in particular who were not independent.Section 4: Treaties and Third States Part IV: Amendment and Modification of Treaties Part V: Invalidity.textual interpretation y shared expectations of the parties (intent of the parties).31 . Termination. 3 .What agreements are included c) Art.20 . but had previously been under the rule of some other country and subject to those treaties negotiated by those other countries.Interpretation of treaties in two or more languages 18 .Supplementary means of interpretation .Details with respect to formation a) Art.General rule of interpretation . 5) Treaties are supreme law 6) Parts of the treaty: a) Art. 32 .Entry into force a) Art. and Suspension of the Operation of Treaties (KEY PART) Section 1: General Provisions Section 2: Invalidity of Treaties Section 3: Termination and Suspension of the Operation of Treaties Section 4: Procedure : Section 5: Consequences of the Invalidity. 3) Most rules are codifications on the law of treaties. Termination or Suspension of the Operation of a Treaty : Part VI: Miscellaneous Provisions Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (Short version 1) Declaration of the general assembly is easier to pass. but is not binding on members a) Generally its recommendations 2) It's a treaty on treaties.18 . c) Art.International organizations Part 2 .

can 't create.Got to find the basis in part 5 for getting out of a treaty. h) Art. If the provision is not in the convention.62 . making an unconscionable contract conscionable Things that by law the parties can just not change.Legal things that parties by agreement can't change.Way to get out of the convention. i) Art 65 & 66 .Procedure c) Art.State can not claim it's internal law as an excuse to not perform the treaty.A material breach.Treaties that violate jus cogens rules are not permitted.Does not look at a countries domestic affairs to determine if they are bound by treaties.27 . a) Art. you can't use it.42 . civil law view.60 .Jus cogens . g) Art.62 .e. (1) Jus Cogens . f) Art 53 & 62 . can't have been responsible for the change.e. i. Will look behind it in order to preserve democratic associations. Party invoking fundamental change. remedies listed are not the only remedies possible. 19 .46 . allows the others in the treaty to make the same radical change (i. e) Art.Fundamental change of circumstances. d) Art. If not in part five. building of missiles).Only relate to part 5.Fundamental change of circumstance b) Art.Part 5 . Party to the treaty adversely affected can terminate or suspend without damages. Radical breach of the treaty. different from ours. Based on contract law.65 . Does provision of its internal laws look at procedural or substantive laws.

This is only if the Treaty was not specific. Where a treaty is not specific on whether reservations are allowed are not. UK says that any reservation to these articles would void the whole Convention. Is this area invoked if there is a reservation and what happens if there is a reservation to the following Articles: (One view is that if a State reserves this compulsory dispute settlement. and reserve these areas. but if the reservation was incompatible with the convention. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties ( Section 2: Reservations) (p. NOT CONTRACTUAL PROMISES 2) Agreements that bind the State: May a Treaty be Unwritten: Yes. The Vienna Convention Law of Treaties applies to the relationship to the two states involved. Therefore the US position is that they reservation of the other side would be expanded to all of Article 5. you are playing games with all of the other areas that would trigger these articles. 50): What to do about reservations to this treaty? Desire was to get maximum participation. These have a moral binding force on those who participate in the agreement. (i. the State was bound to the treaty w/o the reservation. There was caution regarding how this relationship would work. even though the treaty was not specific. but does not bind the state long term (e.g. In the Bellows case the court held that there is a character as to whether specific areas could be considered object and purpose of the coverage. PART V: This is the problem.VIII Agreements that Bind States The Eastern Greenland Case (p. Reservation to the Genocide Convention Case p. does not have to adhere to the area reserved to the reserving state only (this particular area is not enforced between these two states). The UK said therefore. in this convention the test is whether the reservation is an object or purpose of the convention.e. as to IMF. 20 . This object and purpose is in the eyes of the beholder. can judges and police be one in the same – Switzerland case (Bellows) Court of human rights said that this was incompatible with the treaty. Clinton agrees to something while he is in office. The General Assembly asked for an advisory opinion to settle what reservations may be correct. The IJC treats this as an instrument that as a multilateral agreement with a whole bunch of bi-lateral relationships. 744) Article 19: How do you formulate a reservation? Article 20: A competent entity of the state must accept the reservations Article 21: Legally if you reserve an area of the Treaty the effect is that another state who accepts the whole treaty. The suggestion is that it is for the states involved to decide. 59) This case shows that there are two types of agreements that bind a state: 1) Gentlemen’s Agreement: Binding on the person making the agreement (while in office). these areas are not invoked) The US has said if we become a party.) Typically this will be between state banks and etc. they are not bound. Must look at the bi-lateral relationships. Change of administration. that the reserving country is not a party to the treaty at all. There could be a reservation.

kept the issues very narrow so they would not overstep and make a precedent that they would set. the court must be convinced that there was an emergency. 39): The Cordell-Lothian Agreement Dames & Moore v.C. Court will try to find some kind of congressional approval. made with Iran binding and could executive orders to be entered to end lawsuits? Was Ronald Reagan the president or Jimmy Carter when the executive agreement was implemented? This was resolved when Pres. The court discussed Youngstown Sheet and Tube and the 3 pronged analysis of the president’s power v. v. c) Do we rely on these provisions (Section 5) as customary international law? Look to contract law. The S. This is a federal long arm statute. the U. Pink (1942)) Thrust of the argument is that even though there was a long precedent that the 21 . President acts 1) With supportive legislation of Congress (International Emergency Economics Powers Act – this is what this law does) 2) With Congress sitting out. (This was pursuant to an executive agreement that all lawsuits in the US would be dropped when the hostages were released) Was the executive agreement that Pres. The Sec of State and Treasury said that suits by contractors who had done business in Iran should be allowed in US courts. Article 65: Article 66: Article 67: Cordell Hull (p. but expands to all of Article V) b) Rejects as an incompatible with object and purpose of the convention. The key part of the decision turns to the Constitutionality of the Executive Order and Treaty with Congress sitting out.C. 3) With Congress saying no. was trying to put pressure on Iran to release the hostages.S. the legislature’s power. Reagan reissued Jimmy Carter’s executive orders. The IEEPA gave the Pres. have authority. finds precedence where the Pres. raced to make a decision to decide the issues because of time constraint. The S. Regan (p.C. Does the Pres. said that the Executive Agreement was no good and the businesses must take the claims to an arbitration tribunal in the Hague to make sure that assets would be paid some funds were held by banks.S. 172): Thrust is that the S. This is made harder. The court defined when attachment can take place over a foreign countries asset.C.C. the power to relax this provision and easier to sue Iran who had breached a contract in Iran. actions are allowed (U. The S. had to look at this de nova. Facts: At the time Iran seized the hostages. The S. A very strict ruling was formulated as to when you can attach foreign states assets. Dames Moore sued the government to prevent the enforcement of the Executive Orders so they still have assets attached.1) Accept/Accept (no problem) 2) Accept/Reject: Article 20/21: a) Rejection expands the scope of the reservation (Not just reject certain articles.

The Court ruling says that the president can change the substantive law by doing this.N. The courts found that the PLO office was not to be closed. This was a great decision in that the Treaty prevails. United States v. PLO (p. Alvarez-Machain. 196 F3d 1246 was superceded by 107 F3d 696 (9th Cir 1997) Cert.” The interpretation was resisted by Justice Stevens.government could settle claims against foreign countries. Article 3 of the Constitution and role of the Court is that the President’s Executive Order alters the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts. sought to S. There was a conflict between the Anti-terrorism Act of Congress and the Treaty Rules set forth. 205 of the text book) United States v. The counter is that the Congress only has authority to do this. Court ruled that the kidnapping of a Mexican Citizen in Mexico by agents of the US government was not to be construed as an act covered under terms of the 1978 Mexico Extradition Treaty: “The language of the Treaty. United States v. Rehnquist says this is a new substantive rule for the case. 180) was this a violation of a treaty obligation of the U.C. 94 of supplement) (p. or is this a procedural change which the Pres. does not support the proposition that the Treaty prohibits abductions outside of its terms.S. writing for the minority. who cited the language of the 9th Circuit approvingly: The pro (p. Alvarez-Machain (1992). the scheme was that the Court should re-examine whether the Executive Branch can still do this (Foreign Sovereignty Immunities Act). and denied TREATY Simulation Does it make sense at this date for the US to become a party to the Vienna Convention? Call Hearing to Order Invite Richards to speak Ask Questions Order of questions to come Look to past hearings on the Vienna Convention from the 70s Isn’t this customary international law? The real question is do we want to be legally bound in all areas of the Vienna Convention? Political Issues: 27/46/18/25 Article 27: International Law and observance of treaties Article 46: Provisions of internal law regarding competence to conclude treaties (Does the violation of domestic law regarding competence to conclude treaties to the treaty? What are the rules that are included? What about provisions that violate bill of rights? Executive Branch does not have the competence to make a 22 . in the context of its history. but didn’t say it. by congress. but this is a very un-impressive finding because the intent of Congress was really to override the Treaty. after 1976. with the U. is authorized to do.

How controversial is the claim? THIS IS A GAP FILLING CLAUSE Article 60: Breach Article 62: Fundamental change of circumstances Formation and Interpretation: 31/32 Article 31: Supplementary means of interpretation Article 32: Interpretation of treaties authenticated in tow or more languages 23 . even though you feel there is a faster way of getting out of the treaty. ) There may be protracted time. Unless you don’t subject yourself to this Article. denunciation or withdrawal. (provision assuming that you can withdraw – must give 12 months) What is the advantage of using other means of getting out of a treaty if you can presumably of getting out of the treaty by other ways – breach.treaty that violates the Constitution? Or does it only deal with the competence of Congress? Whether it is ever manifest that this instrument must have the advice and consent of the Senate before it can be ratified? IS an executive agreement enough? How does a foreign assess if an instrument has been concluded properly?) What about mutual mistake in dealings between 2 countries? Article 18:Obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty prior to its entry into force Article 25: Provisional Application: Dispute Settlement: Part V: Amendments and Modification of Treaties Article 56: Denunciation of or withdrawal from a treaty containing no provision regarding termination. etc.

Comprehensive Test Band Treaty: (REVISITED) a) This shows the difficulty of negotiating something when countries come to logger heads over specific areas. b) The treaty was an uneasy compromise and was imperfect c) There were certain provisions that almost doomed this treaty from the start (1) Requiring the countries that are nuclear powers to join the treaty to enforce it.e. (2) Composition of the executive counsel. 21 para. (3) Requirement for entry into force (a) Can be simple or sophisticated (i. (2) They also said that if you signed the treaty. a) Also can go to other Senate Committees based on the subject matter of the treaty b) Hearings are held if there is a desire to move on it. (5) Sanctions. (otherwise the treaty will die) (1) Report is generated and this is usually done bi-partisanly (2/3 majority is needed) 4) The Senate can consent to ratification completely or condition the ratification with reservation. What is an abuse of the right of inspection? This was never defined. (Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties) In the case of a postponement the US has an obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty) 6) The senate does not ratify. (This may mean that the treaty would have to be renegotiated) 5) Postponements are also possible for ratification by the Senate. 3) The Senate Committee on Foreign relations considers all Treaties. the country could not violate the intent of the treaty. It gives its advice and consent to ratification by the President. 46) Could this be watered down. EU classification of countries) (4) Limits on reservations. but did not ratify it. What are they going to be? (a) Trade barriers (b) No pay for Intellectual properties 24 .IX Comprehensive Ban on the Nuclear Testing Tr eaty 1) President or his representative goes to Treaty meetings and agrees or disagrees to take the treaty to the Senate for advice and consent or ratification 2) President submitted treaty to the senate (through the executive clerk of the senate) a) Treaty is accompanied by a report from the Secretary of State b) It is up to the President when to submit the treaty to the Senate. (p. The President does not have to ratify after the Senate gives its’ advice and consent. d) Some sticking points to the treaty: (1) Requirement that 3/5 of States must agree that an inspection was necessary.

Notice of withdrawal 25 . Gives competence to the inspection. There are no presumptions that something bad took place. (a) What will the observer add to the party.(c) Most would probably not work. From the receiving side they are viewed as spies. (d) Try to make the sanction that there is so much benefit for participating that the loss of the benefit by pulling out would be highly detrimental to the country pulling out. What ever they are must have a very good likelihood of success. The difficulty here is that there is a dis-balance between countries as to how they would be affected. (b) It is easier if everyone is inspected the same at regular intervals. • Once a violation is found there are more intrusions into a country (6) Composition of inspection team observers. Economic sanctions do not usually work.

Vienna Convention of 1961 on Diplomatic Relations & 1963 on Consular Relations. Iran felt it was an on going 25 yr. However. 235): The Diplomatic and Consular Staff Case (p. or 4 adjudicated cases a year have been typical. 276) US v. 217) The ICJ (est. 234): 2) Contentious Cases at the International Court (p.International Dispute Settlement (p.S. 276) The Elsi Case (p. 1921) have never had a heavy caseload: 2. 234): 1) The Jurisdiction of the International Court (p. 235): The Miniquiers and Ecrehos Case (p. history that the ICJ should look at. 217-244) A) Public International Arbitration (p. these decided cases have been a very influential source of international law in the 20th century. 225): B) The International Court (p. Why go to ICJ . ICJ still had to issue a judgement. Boundary Issues: 1) Diplomatic & Consular Staff Case: 2) Jurisdiction under Friendship treaty between Iran & U. ICJ rejected this in that it was only asked to rule on present issue. 1945) and its predecessors (PCA – Permanent Court of Arbitration est. 221): The Rainbow Warrior Case (p.for public support. 3. a) Iran never showed – default. Even though default. 244) Chambers at the International Court (p. 1899 / PCICJ – Permanent Court of International Justice est.must be reciprocity in that their own state and the state they are visiting must recognize diplomatic status. b) Diplomats . support on recommended interim measure of protection.. Iran (p. The Dogger Bank Case (p. 26 .

g. Fruehauf Corp (US Company) had majority ownership in a plant in France.) Government Interest (a few): Where a government interest is sufficient so that a country can regulate something anywhere no matter where the act takes place and who does it (e.g.g. register for the draft. Everyone must observe the same speed limits and driving regulations) Nationality: A state can order citizens of that country to do certain things no matter where they are in the world (e. or a crime committed against a diplomat of the President) Universality (a few): This is the catch-all. etc.g. If you are outside your country’s jurisdiction you must fly a flag. US was not happy. If anyone is found to be a pirate (radio station. There can be overlaps. A French director of the subsidiary went to the French courts and said that they were going to breach the contract and this meant that French policy in regards to China would be violated. However. (e. or counterfeiting a country’s currency. Piracy would be the prime area where the jurisdiction would fall. but chose not to. false visa or passport. After contract was performed the subsidiary was put back the way they were. The French company entered into a contract with China.National Jurisdiction (Session 1) (Principles) (pp. 321-330) International Jurisdiction Falls under one of the following as a basis. (Do two or more sovereigns require the same action to be taken) a) Is one sovereign requires action and the other sovereign is silent b) Is there direct conflict between two sovereigns (X is required by one country and Y action s required by the other country) (1) How do you sort this out? Often it is the state of the territory that prevails. US government gave an order to Fruehauf that their subsidiary could not deal with China. ships. Territory (Effects in the territory): The general rule according to Justice Holmes is that the character of an act as lawful or unlawful must be determined wholly by the law of the country where the act is done. The US usually does not ask the law to be violated. France was trying to improve relations with China. There can be overlap and conflict with other countries. What to do if there is conflict. (E. etc. 609-627) Text (pp.) would qualify. etc. a party can apply to an authority in another country to have the documents 27 . (2) Production of documents in one country is demanded and there is blocking documents in another country from being subpoenaed. Within your own territory you can regulate the conduct of anyone no matter where they are from. The French government put the French subsidiary under receivership of France and France ordered the subsidiary to perform the contract. US could have fined Fruehauf in the US. This was a time when France was trying to improve relationships with China and US was not. human rights are violated (in some cases). The analysis is the following: 1) Check or re-check to see if there are competing claims 2) Is there conflict or overlap requiring the same actions.

or judicial acts of another nation. and to the rights of its own citizens or of other persons who are under protection of its laws. v. American Banana Co. 627): Commit is the recognition which one nation allows within its territory to the legislative.To make a rule 1) Principles of Jurisdiction (p. 627): The question was whether US antitrust law applied to activities of London reinsurers who allegedly promoted an illegal restriction (under US law) to the terms of commercial general liability insurance pollicies available in the U. United Fruit Co. Also look to nationality of person (e.S. even assuming that in a proper case a court may decline to exercise Sherman Act jurisdiction over foreign conduct…. A) Jurisdiction (p. Or (2) does can the Sherman Anti-Trust Act be applied even when the conduct was applied outside the US). 622): a) The Balancing Test (p. executive. US Court said that if there is an effect on the territory the laws of that Territory is applied.removed lawfully upon application. international comity would not 28 . Seems like every country in the world has a basis for jurisdiction which all other countries find exorbitant. In 99 cases out of 100 (even if someone is transient they probably have ties to the state. 617): equal to a Supreme Court case in that the Supreme Court couldn't get a quorum when they heard it so it went back to the 2nd circuit. 610) b) The Nationality Principle (p. The procedure has to be gone through. v. 609) a) The Territorial Principle (p.S. 622): Timberlane Lumber Co. 622): National Jurisdiction (Session 2) (Comity: Forum Non Conveniens) b) International Comity (p.g. Hartford Fire Insurance Co. U. Bank of America (1976) (p. (2) Establishes the Effects Doctrine (See restatement 3rd 403) Effects Doctrine: The conduct is by a non-national but has an effect in the territory (In Aluminum case the effect was the higher prices and limited supply of aluminum in the US). and Canadian company made an illegal agreement not to ship product in the US. if a contract is made with a national of another country. 614) c) Effects Principle (p.. 617) United States v. of America (1945) (p. (1909)(p. you may have to go to the other country) 2) Resolving Conflicts of Jurisdiction (p. Aluminum Co. 609) To prescribe . California (p. Opinion: “. 614) Blackmer v. having due regard both to international duty and convenience. United States (1932)(p. Territorial tie (where it happened) is stronger than the nationality ties (of what nationality are you). v. (1) Court looked at intents of parties to limit quantity into the U. Questions that were answered were (1) what is the international law rule.S. 610): Effect in territory.

P's can not pick their courts based on which one will apply the most favorable law for them. a benefit that would be entirely lost if the court.S. securing more favorable U.. as in this case it could not be said that using Scottish law would violate the “interests of justice” it was not enough that P might simply win a smaller damage award... but where. its law or courts.” S. deciding to defer or not to the United Kingdom. viz. Reyno objected that litigating in Scotland would defeat one of her principal objects in bringing the suit to the U. had to determine which law would apply in a US court and which in a foreign court. In his view there was not “true conflict between domestic and foreign law” since. She then sued the U. c) Forum Non Conveniens (p. felt that the essence of making the forum non-conveniens decision was answering the question of convenience. though British law permitted the activities allegedly made illegal by the U. the Scottish heirs. the S.counsel against exercising jurisdiction in the circumstances alleged in this case…” (a) Judge Souter argued that he did not have to engage in a comity analysis. Gaynell Reyno.S. that the relevant notions of comity here concerned “international choice of law principles” and that the Rest. The S. Per the fact pattern in this case.C. Much of the relevant evidence and many of the crucial witnesses 29 .S. manufacturers of the plane and the plane’s engine in California State court.S. “a nation having some basis for jurisdiction to prescribe law should nonetheless refrain from exercising that jurisdiction with respect to a person or activity having connections with another state when the exercise of such jurisdiction is unreasonable” This case makes it unclear in determining extraterritorial applicability of a statute. 3rd says. Reyno (p 638) – Findings: File in court that is most convenient to hearing case. (b) Dissent: said more attention had to be paid to comity. Where the plane had been manufactured and finally asked the Pa. 638): Doctrine that allows a court which has jurisdiction over a case to decline to hear the case out of fairness to the parties if there is another court available which is more convenient.S. observed that since the real parties in interest. The consideration. antitrust law. Federal courts to dismiss the action on the grounds of forum non conveniens to permit the case to be tried in Scotland. Piper Aircraft v. One of the benefits of dismissing on the grounds of forum non conveniens was not having to make complicated choice of law determinations. there was little reason to assume that the choice of US courts was made to suit plaintiff’s real convenience. that “…the possibility of a change in substantive law should ordinarily not be given conclusive or even substantial weight in the forum non conveniens inquiry. before the facts were proved. Ds removed the action to federal district court in Pa.C. the personal representative of the estate of the Scottish decedents. Procedure: California lawyers representing Scottish heirs to Scottish citizens killed in the crash of a Scottish aircraft made their legal secretary. were not located in the US. Britain did not order the London reinsurers to violate U. substantive law. held.C.

g. plaintiffs have conceded that in view of India’s strong interest and its greater contacts with the plant. its employees. Affirmed the decision of the federal court for the Southern District of New York that India was the proper forum for litigation involving the deaths of more than 200. the worst industrial accident in history. Torts) Defines the duty the D owed the P. ((e. and the victims of the accident. its emissions. subjecting it to intensive regulations and governmental supervision of the construction. and showing that the duty was violated. 347) 30 . as the place where the tort occurred.” held that the trial court had not abused its discretion by finding that Scotland. the circuit court held: “The plant has been constructed and managed by Indians in India…The vast majority of material witnesses and documentary proof bearing on causation of and liability for the accident is located in India. not the US… The records are almost entirely in Hindi or other Indian languages understandable to an Indian court without translation. Then move to the socially imposed promise.g. Causation and damage follow. Contractual) A promise to do something that is voluntarily made. and Forum Non Conveniens (p. The SC decided that the forum non conveniens determination should be made at “all relevant public and private interest factors. These witnesses could be required to appear in an Indian court. The witnesses for the most part do not speak English but Indian languages…. and air pollution. 331) 2) International Legal Limits to State Jurisdiction (p. strict liability. 330-351) B) Judicial Conflict and Cooperation 1) Comity. and safety precautions… Moreover. India US 2nd Cir. Constitutional Limits.” Duties to look to: Socially Imposed Duties: (e. In Re: Union Carbide Corporation Gas Plant Disaster at Bhopal. its operation.were located in Great Britain. Promise Duties: (e. 339) 3) Foreign Judgments and Awards (p. should be the place of trial.” Pubic Interest was discussed as: “India has a greater interest than does the US in facilitating the trial and adjudication of the Ps claims… India’s interest is increased by the fact that it has for years treated (the subsidiary) as an Indian national. implied Text (pp. implied warranty) These can be express. These can be negligence. Weighing the private interest factors.000. development and operation of the Bhopal plant. 343) 4) Judicial Assistance and Extradition (p. which had “a very strong interest” in trying the litigation.g. the law of India. water. will undoubtedly govern. but not in a court in the US.

658-688): Text (pp. Foreign Sovereign Immunity: This shields foreign sovereigns from the jurisdictional reach of municipal courts on the theory that to implead the foreign sovereign could upset the friendly relations of the states involved. they have to reach the $75. If no suggestion the court would pursue the case.View of the state department was to not recognize absolute immunity. not because they had to but as courtesy to state department. the US courts did in fact begin to hear and decide cases brought against foreign sovereigns for their commercial activities. Pre 1976 (before the act) 1) Tate Letter (Jack Tate -1952) . The court would deny immunity if the state did not suggest immunity.Federal long arm statute over foreign governments a) FSIA operates in-persona §1330 b) Does not depend on any amount in controversy §1330 c) It's a non-jury action. entering the port of a friendly power open for their reception. but not when they were doing private or commercial acts. 4) FSIA . McFaddon (1812): It was a principle of public law. b) Exception: exposes a foreign sovereign to suit when the foreign government engages in commercial rather than public activities.When a judge receives a suggestion of sovereign immunity from the state department. v. but rarely does.000 amount in controversy §1332 31 . 3) Despues FSIA a) Took the government out of making suggestions for sovereignty. Commissariat General (1965): This case illustrates that the courts would view commercial activities by a state. even though they weren’t bound in law to follow advice from the Executive Branch. they would dismiss the case. 2) Foreign Sovereignty Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) a) Provides that subject to existing international agreements to which the US is a party at the time of enactment of this Act a foreign state shall be immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the US and of the States except as provided (in the Act).Sovereign Immunity (Session 1) Casebook (pp. but limited immunity. §1330 d) Against a foreign state §1330 e) If the foreign state is the P. 351-360): The Schooner Exchange v. Victory Transport Inc. a) Governments would enjoy sovereignty when they were doing things governments do. As a result the suggestions of immunity by the state department became very important for states. Government may file amicus brief. are to be considered as exempted by the consent of that power from its jurisdiction. that national ships of war. this is it there is no jury possibility. Therefore. b) Great weight .

If prearranged then can serve the foreign ambassador or any means agreed upon. f) Jurisdiction: (1) Over Foreign State for adjudication: (2) §1609: meant of the Judgement: Always start with presumption of immunity (a) §1610: Exceptions to the immunity from attachment or execution • Can enforce against a foreign sovereign for terrorism. business of foreign country) can give process normal way. Exceptions (a) §1605(a)(1): Waiver clause: is the waiver broad enough to be a waiver of immunity? The implication is tough. (c) §1605(a)(3): This is straight forward to remove a lien on real property. IT is based on a commercial activity (defined in §1603(d)). (2) If an instrumentality of agency (e. (1) Presumption of immunity Shifts burden to Plaintiff under §1605 for list of what is not immune. If you try to serve process w/o following rules you will lose the case all together (This is an affront to the foreign policy of the US) (a) May give notice and delivery by giving it the Secretary of State or delivery by normal mail. d) §1606: Extent of liability (1) Exception: No punitive damages unless this is for a death. or a foreign controlled press makes untrue statements. (2) Certain kinds of acts: Terrorism. (unless Executive Branch says otherwise) 32 . default: Go by the statute (1) Service of process is also notice normally in the US. etc there are punitive damages e) §1608: Service of process.g. time to answer. (Agency or instrumentally will be separate and engage in business activities. Look at the nexus to the United States. (d) §1605(a)(5): Tort provisions: however this is more narrow because the tort must occur or at least the loss must occur in the US (e. foreign state does public activities) a) Is this a commercial activity? b) Is this activity carried out in the US? c) Is there immunity? In many cases the foreign sovereignty (defendant) will have to provide proof that they are an agency or instrumentality of a state.g. they my not be liable. Foreign sovereign must deal with our courts. When can you say that something is done (b) §1605(a)(2): Applies to torts and contracts. This statute says that you get jurisdiction over the D by §1605. etc.5) Definitions §1603: When does a foreign state include or not include an agency or instrumentality. airlines) • Exception to the exception: If it is a discretionary act. • May need to present in a translated form • Send to secretary of state • Send to foreign sovereign’s attorney.

Courts. then the buyer guarantees to the seller that the credit of the buyer is good. When the report by the US citizens was less than glowing. Discovery: In Procedure discussed discovery. (Who was present and who did what). Discovery can also be available for learning jurisdictional facts. 675) Issue: Can a foreign entity suit another foreign entity in the U. (e. she was threatened by Saudi Hospital officials. Saudi Arabia cases (Nelson) where a person is hired in the US be Saudi Arabia to inspect hospitals. 669) §1604 of the FSIA presumes to grant immunity unless a private plaintiff shows an exception.g.S. Determined that this falls under the arising under theory of juris. implicit in the contract) Verlinden v. System that assures the seller will be paid and buyer will receive goods. (c) in which rights in property taken in violation if international laws are in issue and the property or any property is present in the US in connection w/ commercial activities. The exceptions are: (a) the foreign state has waived its immunity (b) commercial activities carried out in the US or upon an act performed in the US in connection with a commercial activity of the foreign state elsewhere or upon an act outside the US in connection with a commercial activity of the foreign state elsewhere and that act causes a direct effect in the US.(b) §1611: Exceptions to the exceptions (back to immunity) Certain types of property are immune from execution • Monetary reserves maintained by the state bank • Military property in the US. Is an entity owned or an instrumentality of the foreign state) Similarly has an entity waived in a contract its immunity? Also needs discovery to determine if the transaction is commercial or not. Both buyer and seller are comfortable with one bank 33 . (Tough problem is the difficulty: Do we have jurisdiction to determine if we have jurisdiction?) This is often resisted by foreign states. Don’t worry about ultimately collecting the judgement. The SC found that Saudi Arabia was negligent in not warning Nelson that she could be threatened. (The court may recognize that in the end they did not have jurisdiction) This particularly takes place when state long arm statutes are applied. Presumption of Immunity: (p. but could be a breach of contract case. but often there are many ways to collect. §1605(a)(2) and (5) a case could look like a tort case. (i.e. Also think about enforcement at the same time. Good judges will ride herd on this in Foreign Sovereign Immunity cases. Must consider this. She came back to the US and sued.g. Central Bank of Nigeria (1983) (pg. Judgements have long lives and can be renewed (including amendments to the FSIA. A Bank will set up: Confirmed Letter of Credit: If bank is shown certain documents that goods were shipped. Primarily the basic cause of action was what is normally discovered. (e.

army barracks whatever – is relevant. Its purpose – to build roads. Arising Under does not mean that there has to be a federal statute that comes into play for a specific remedy. Therefore. 670): This case was deciding that the purchase of cement by the government of Nigeria was “in the nature of a private contract for the purchase of goods. (e. Under Article III of the Constitution the court wondered if Congress had overstepped its ability by enacting §1604 of the FSIA. through a screw up the banks did not confirm a letter of credit through a 3 rd bank. However since there was active government it goes to merits of the case.” Analysis: The key analysis was around jurisdiction. This case was seen as a two hats case: 1) This was a private purchase of cement (commercial activity). Analysis: It was a suit on a letter of credit and in issuing the letter of credit it was doing whatever any other bank would do. In the “arising under” clause (Federal Question clause) the court said that the FSIA could open up the courts. Nigeria (1982)(pg. Diversity did not work because there were no companies or US citizens involved. (Management of money in Nigeria) Force Mojure: Government ordered. In this case there were letters of credit between 2 banks. Issue was whether the Nigeria Central Bank enjoyed immunity. §1606 FSIA also says that on the merits of the claim the US courts can be open to a case like this. Texas Trading v. §1605(a)(2) 2) Therefore the government’s purpose was irrelevant. Banks on behalf of the seller wanted to sue for breach of contract in the US because of the FSIA. but not juris. US did not want ABC to cover the Olympics in USSR. After a convoluted evaluation it determined that the US courts could get involved under this section.g. The private commercial entity had no control. substantial. p.Letter of Credit: Same set up but buyer guarantees with his bank payment and seller guarantees with his bank proper shipment. 680) that the repudiation of the letter of credit “caused no direct. Finding: The Court found (see fn. the goods were shipped and prices changed (Nigeria was paying more than the market would bear) Result was that the Nigerian bank said that unless you consent to a change to the letter of credit (cut price) they would not pay. (Engaging in letters of credit). 2 banks confirm with each other. ABC wanted to claim force mojure so they would not be liable for breach of contract by their advertisers) 34 . because we had a procedure against foreign sovereigns in commercial actions. What constitutes commercial activity in any particular case is more a question of judicial precedent and discretion than it is one of statutory direction. injurious effect in the United States. SC said that this is a federal question. It can be a state question.

(1989) (p. Merits to make determination i. 2) Commercial Activities 1) Choice of law clause is usually good evidence that the contract is commercial in nature. Connections to U. Acts of State. 4) Are the provisions unique to government contracts or are they more similar to private commercial contracts. Look at Juris vs.sovereign immunity. Nigerian cement cases . Facts: Analysis: Outcome: Dismissed because the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not authorize jurisdiction over a foreign state in a situation like this.S. 35 .Choice of Law 1) Fill in the blanks (interpretation) a) Is the only for interpretation of how the contract should be interpreted? 2) Governing law a) Do the parties have capacity to make an agreement? b) Is the contract unconscionable? 3) Is there an implied forum in the contract? Jurisdiction (other issues to consider) 1) A lot of this is determined by the terms of the contract. 682): Issue: Suit in US court by two foreign corporations against a foreign country to recover damages for a tort allegedly committed by its armed forces on the high seas in violation of international law. & Commercial Activity vs. Argentine Republic v. (Wouldn’t look to governing law if it was strictly a public activity of the government) 2) Nature of the contract rather than the purpose of the activity 3) What is the nexus with the United States in the activity.e. Amerada Hess Shipping Corp.

At that place the goods are moved at the risk of the seller or buyer. not a rule of law b) Courts of one state would not set in judgement of the acts of other states. For Bancomer to win they must prevail on one or the other. In this case the loss is 36 . (1) Has to be an act of state and not a private party breaching. IT has been held by some courts that there is a treaty exception to the Act of State Doctrine. UNLESS a) Is a doctrine. At the time of suit.g. whether there is a treaty exception in the Act of State Doctrine and whether the treaty was breached. then it was privatized by the government. c) Additionally has to be effective in it's own territory. therefore they would come under FSIA.g. (International Monetary Fund (IMF) had a restriction on the exchange practice that Mexico had implemented). Key is where. (see p 164 for Treaty exceptions) FOB Free on Board. The obligation of the seller is to place the goods with the shipper. When this started Bancomer was a private bank. The Mexican exchange had gone down the tubes The Callejos (Who had about $200K in CDs in Bancomer) were told that they had to take interest at a much lesser rate than was originally agreed on and they would be paid in Mexican Pesos (Which were worth even less than US $$) Issues: Callejos needed to win under Sovereign Immunity and Commercial activity of the bank. This is a price quoted and the loss will be paid by the insurer not the seller or buyer FAS: Free Along Side: e. (FOB Destination is risk of loss is to the seller / FOB Shipping Point is risk of loss to the buyer) CIF: Cost Insurance Freight. Courts separated the issue in two ways: 1) Sovereign Immunity: Procedure / juris: 2) Act of State (unique actions that only a state can do) Doctrine: Idea is that the courts in the US will not sit in judgment of the acts of other states effective in its territory (must be an act of a state and not a private party breach of contract). Analysis: Showed that Bancomer had done things (Reached into) Texas. Callejos were solicited by Bancomer. In this way the Long Arm Statutes would apply (e. The shipment is on one mode of transportation and being loaded on another mode of transportation. Bancomer was an agency of the state. f) Generally there are not exceptions to this doctrine. advertising in Texas). phone calls in to Texas.Act-of-State Doctrine (Session 1) Casebook (pp. Bancomer Facts: This case involved a Bank in Mexico that had been nationalized. Issue in Callejo. 688-700) Callejo v. d) An act that is extra-territorial (out side the borders of the state) is not covered by the doctrine. e) Has to be an action that only states do.

The bank in NYC takes the payment to Farr Whitlock and Co for payment.S. The court of appeals found that the court would not look beyond what took place and not at the motive. At that point Banco Nacional tried to take this to the Supreme Court. took the papers without paying anything to Cuba and made a deal to pay the original owners of the sugar shippment. and the shipment is on the way to Morocco. but Farr Whitlock is still involved. Later (after WWII) former owners wanted the ships back. Where there is an asset in NY of a foreign company that has been nationalized and receiver can be appointed. The court then determined that the former Jewish owners should get the ship back (known as the Bernstein letter) The attorney tried to get a letter like this and submitted it in the court of appeals. had no objection if the court would find that International law was violated. Banco de Nacional de Cuba is ticked off. they don’t get the sugar. C. These were forwarded to Cuba’s bank in NYC. Analysis: Cubans changed the bill of lading for payment to the Banco Nacional de Cuba. A lawsuit is brought against Sabitino for theft of shipping documents in NYC by Sabatino and Farr Whitlock. Sabbatino (p.encumbered by the seller until it is transferred and new terms take over as to responsibility and liability on the goods. also supported this going to 37 . (real party in interest – Sabatino representing their interest) argued that if what Cuba did violated International Law the US had no obligation to apply the act of state doctrine. 691)KNOW THIS CASE Issue: Whether the so-called act of state doctrine serves to sustain on a decree of a foreign government who expropriates certain property. the attorneys went to the State Department who said that the Dept. Sabatino drops out because of extrinsic agreement. The Farr Whitlock gets an order to turn the money over to Sabitino (who was appointed by the court). In a second case similar situation in that case the appeals court.V. There is a question if Cuba got title to the sugar. went nuts and said that he had misrepresented the letter from the State Dept. District Court: Whether or not there is an exception to the act of state doctrine. If they failed to pay. District Court held there is a customary law violation exception the act if state doctrine. The court thought this letter was the same as the Bernstein letter (even though it wasn’t) and affirmed the decision of the District court on the basis that the state department had freed the appeals court to make a decision in favor of C.A.A. Farr Whitlock and Co. and the rights to the proceeds from the sale of that property. Appeals Court: As the lawyer looked at the case he noted the Berstein cases which involved ships that had been taken by the Nazis because they were owned by Jews. Banco Nacional de Cuba v. The State Dept. The Bank representing Cuba comes back and says that they can’t pay it. Cuba argues: they nationalized the sugar within their borders and this should be recognized by the government. The judge said taken all together there was a violation of international law and therefore act of state doctrine did not apply. The State Dept.V (Sabatino). They said that the acts were (1) retaliatory because the Cuban action was done to get back at the US action to cut Sugar shipments from Cuba (2) Discriminatory only applied to the US (3) confiscatory because no money would ever be paid. U. Sabbitino was appointed.

S. The principle argument was that this violated international law and there was an act of state doctrine exception. 2) U.. 11)Violated International Law three ways: 38 .S. But.S. Bancomer. a) Has to be an act if state and not a private party breaching. sugar market was a protected market for U. S. SG presents the bill to Farr.the Supreme Court because of the misunderstanding of the Appeal Court in the original letter and they would indicate the position they would hold. 4) Has to be an action that only states due 5) Generally there are not exceptions to this doctrine. if they had a sugar quota approved by congress and Cuba had a large quota.A. farmers. Thus shipping documents were changed to reflex the ownership to Cuba. Almost immediately Sabbatino and Cuba file suit forclaim of payment.S. only a contract. Cuba's's actions was a violation of international law. withdrew Cuba's sugar quota. 764 F. 6) Here Farr. In this particular situation the S.C. Foreign countries could only sell to the U.2d 1101 (1985) KNOW THIS CASE Act of State Doctrine: 1) Goes to the merits of a case 2) Is a doctrine.V. loaded boats in Cuba water for Morocco.A. did not remand (which would have been logical) They scheduled the case for oral argument .A. 5) C. 4) Castro enacted by executive degree the nationalization of all sugar properties owned by U. Banco National de Cuba (know it for exam) pg. 8) Cuba presents the bill of laden via Societe General (SG). Conclusion: The courts treated the issue as who ever owned the sugar. 691 1) Sabbatino appointed receiver for C. 9) Theory of the case is theft of documents by Farr.V. Whitlock. not a rule of law 3) Courts of one state would not set in judgement of the acts of other states. owned the shipping documents and should collect. Cuban government entered boat and stated that the boat could not leave until they confirmed that the sugar belonged to Cuba.V. for dislike of Castro. 3) U. 7) There was a bill a laden made to C.C. began the oral arguments and took 1 ½ days on the case. 10)District court determined that Cuba's act occurred in Cuban waters and thus this nationalized the payment papers under Act of State.S. nationals. Callejo v. b) Additionally has to be effective in it's own territory. Whitlock is a broker and thus there is no letter of credit. Thus Cuba had to sell on the World market for less. but this was changed to Cuba in Cuba. Whitlock who keeps the bill of laden. c) An act that is extra-territorial (out side the borders of the state) is not covered by the doctrine.

accept acts of U. but generally rules such.a) Retaliatory . 39 . but it has constitutional under pinning (separation of powers is the under pinning – Dominate leadership comes from executive branch in foreign affairs and courts defer to executive branch).V's (in case as amicus -having an interest) attorney attempted to get this letter.S. stating that not applying the Act of State doctrine would not effect the U.S.Only was with regards to U.V.A. but was denied. 16)Court did not rule that Cuba's actions were a violation of IL 17)C. c) Confiscatory 12)Bernstein Letter . the principles apply and are still relevant. 13)At the Supreme Court level Cuba's attorney argued that a) Cuba did not violate IL b) that violations of IL do not create an exception to the Act of State doctrine.A. wins a) Although congress afterward enacted an act of congress to further prevent this. Thus Act of State doctrine is the rule.Letter from the state department to judicial branch. b) Discriminatory . 14)Act of State is not compelled by inherent nature of sovereign authority or by some principle of IL. 15)Court does not directly state that violations of IL do not create an exception to the Act of State doctrine. C.S.Not a valid reason.

2) Basic idea is that the diplomat should not be subjected to appearing in court. Anything he does outside his consular role he can be prosecuted for. 2) Same person can be a consular and a diplomatic at different times. These are special provisions that are listed in the Geneva Convention 40 . Special Rules: Other things that can get involved are: Diplomatic bag. Their contact is less government to government and more business to business. but still enjoy the same immunities as diplomats.Diplomatic Immunity: 1) This can be waived by the state. If he is shipped home the other State probably will retaliate Consular Immunity This is determined by your Country. 1) Consular officials are facilitating tourist and business functions. This would not allow him to do his job properly. If a diplomat pursues an outside profession. Heads of States or diplomatic missions Not listed as diplomats. he is not given immunity while acting in that capacity. not by the individual. A state can instead consider the diplomatic persona non grata. furniture (in the diplomatic bag) Exceptions are requirements of carrying insurance for auto accidents. foreign country property. 3) Only goes to him when he is in his official role.

There are no presumptions that something bad took place. This shows how gullible we are to news. (e) Most would probably not work. c) Mentioned INTERPOL as a vehicle to get information about the art.g. f) War is only over if collateral damage (hospitals. with no intention to bring it to judgement in the U.S.. From the receiving side they are viewed as spies. The difficulty here is that there is a dis-balance between countries as to how they would be affected. 3) Hector Feliciano Speech: a) Discussion was about the pillaging of famous art by the Nazis. a good faith purchaser can get title in some countries but not in the United States v. but rather to get to discovery). • Once a violation is found there are more intrusions into a country (7) Composition of inspection team observers. Dealers participated in this. (8) Notice of withdrawal 41 . This was the surprising thing…the art dealers were lackeys of the Nazi regime. is more likely to get information than in the civil courts of other countries. a bailee (in that class of goods) who only had possession who sold it to a good faith purchaser then the bailee cannot only be held for the cost of the item) e) Discovery in the U. (e. (f) Try to make the sanction that there is so much benefit for participating that the loss of the benefit by pulling out would be highly detrimental to the country pulling out. bridges. d) Discussed very little was the difference between law in this country an other countries.S.S. (d) It is easier if everyone is inspected the same at regular intervals. There were not as many atrocities by Serbs against the Albanians as claimed or portrayed.Role of Legal Advisors to Foreign Ministries: 2) Kosovo: e) Actions of NATO made things worse. Gives competence to the inspection. etc that were used by civilians) This is true in every war. What ever they are must have a very good likelihood of success. (c) What will the observer add to the party. b) They had acquired paintings they did not like to sell and barter to get goods and services. (In some cases a suit is brought in France and a parallel suit is brought in the U. Economic sanctions do not usually work. by encouraging atrocity. h) Under UN and K4 major atrocities are now being attributed by Albanians against the Serbs and are being watched by occupying forces. g) There is revisionism in Kosovo.

legislative objection to voting funds for outside research. Not in the Foreign Service. When do you use forms? American lawyers do this the best. Quality of legal work should be in direct proportion to your bill. Career can move laterally into other Departments. Legal Adviser really makes a difference by many small things they do. Not all wins are big. of State of something that he does not want to do. The secret of good legal advice. Legal advice the foreign ministry comes from outside the Foreign Ministry. Generals Office. This is due to legal systems and legal training that is in this country. May not be sensitive to problems. your judgement regarding policy. the way you want to do it you can’t. Turn down some cases if they don’t look like they are winnable or doable. problem is the extraordinary difficulty of the legal adviser giving advice to the Secy. but not good internationally Japan and Certain Latin American Countries: Difficulty in doing this includes: the need for security clearances to deal with classified information. Know the people you work with and what they need. Put money and effort into other things Don’t misjudge how long it will take to get something done. Canada: Part of the Foreign Service: You are a lawyer and then go into the Foreign Service of the country. These are legal issues These are mixed up These are policy issues Legal Advising as a Career Often the kinds of salaries and people you attract is how you see the problems. You will attract those who can attack the problem as you see them. but if you do it this way – you can get 85% of what you are trying to accomplish. However the ability of the lawyer to give unbiased advice (when personal promotion could be affected) is difficult. separate this out. of State. Legal Advisers and Foreign Affairs : Legal Adviser’s Place in Government : (Class discussion): In general the idea is what kind of advice the legal adviser gives (Be cautious telling clients that you cannot do something. United States: State Department: is similar to Asst. 42 .Merrillat.) Can you harmonize what you want to do with how we do it? Must be clear and confident it would work and not expose you to litigation later. The Work of the Legal Adviser: Law and Policy Where the lawyer is expected to give legal and policy advice. Secy. In Nigeria Atty. Nigeria: All legal advice is centered in the Atty. Tell client clearly when it is legal advice v. Mix between law and policy is an easier bridge. Has the opportunity to be very relevant. This is maybe good domestically. the need to give “political” favoritism assignments. General is very powerful.