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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Partly Laws Common to All Mankind: Foreign Law in American Courts


ISBN13: 9780300148657
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £45.00



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Should judges in United States courts be permitted to cite foreign laws in their rulings? In this book, Jeremy Waldron explores jurisprudential ideas that could underlie the Supreme Court's occasional recourse to foreign law, especially in constitutional cases, and argues that every society is governed partly by its own laws and partly by laws common to all mankind. But he takes the unique step of arguing that this common law is not natural law but a grounded consensus among all nations. He puts forward an interpretation of jurisprudence that will become increasingly important as the world becomes more globalized.