International Law in the U.S. Legal System (2nd edition)

Curtis A. Bradley
Pub date
Jun 2015
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International Law in the U.S. Legal System provides a wide-ranging overview of how international law intersects with the domestic legal system within the United States, and points out various unresolved issues and areas of controversy. Curtis Bradley covers all of the principal forms of international law: treaties, decisions and orders of international institutions, customary international law, and jus cogens norms. He also explores a number of issues that are implicated by the intersection of U.S. law and international law, such as foreign sovereign immunity, international human rights litigation, war powers, extradition, and extraterritoriality. This book highlights recent decisions and events relating to the topic (including decisions and events arising out of the war on terrorism), while also taking into account relevant historical materials, including materials relating to the U.S. Constitutional founding. Written by one of the most cited international law scholars in the United States, the book is a resource for lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and judges from around the world.


1. Courts and Foreign Affairs
2. Treaties
3. Executive Agreements
4. Decisions and Orders of International Institution
5. Customary International Law
6. Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law
7. Alien Tort Statute Litigation
8. Sovereign and Official Immunity
9. Extradition and Other Means of Criminal Law Enforcement
10. War Powers and the War on Terrorism

About the author: 

Curtis Bradley is the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law in the United States. Professor Bradley has been writing and teaching about international law and its status in the U.S. legal system for twenty years. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles in top law journals, he is the co-author of a leading casebook on U.S. foreign relations law. He has also served as the Counselor on International Law in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. State Department and currently is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law. Professor Bradley is also a Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) project on foreign relations law and is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

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