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Public International Law Study Notes

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The role of the U.S. government in international conflicts is the subject of repeated debate. My argument is that it should not be a legal issue. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution, Articles II, III, and VI establish the obligation of the U.S. federal government to respect treaties as the supreme law of the land. Many existing treaties require the United States to de-escalate certain international conflicts in certain circumstances. The Supreme Court has also clarified and differentiated the legally binding nature of domestic and foreign policy treaties. I am not trying to defend what should be the case or what would be the ideal position to defuse international conflicts.

My intention is simply to clarify what is happening now. Understanding the status quo is essential for meaningful debate and reform in the future. Sorry, the preview is currently not available. You can download the document by clicking on the button above. The legitimacy of arbitration to settle disputes relating to international waters.