March 21, 2005
Is There Room for the World in Our Courts?
On Sunday, The Washington Post published an artice by International LawProf Sarah H. Cleveland of Texas Law called Is There Room for the World in Our Courts?. The article focuses on the role of international law in relation to traditional American constitutional values in the recent Roper decision, and the ongoing debates about gay rights, the death penalty, and abortion. The article concludes: " Over a century ago, the court observed that "The Constitution of the United States was . . . . made for an undefined and expanding future, and for a people gathered, and to be gathered, from many nations and of many tongues; and while we take just pride in the principles and institutions of the common law, we are not to forget that in lands where other systems of jurisprudence prevail, the ideas and processes of civil justice are also not unknown."
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