Thursday, April 10, 2008

U.S. Constitution Trumps International Treaties

The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the United Nations’ “principal judicial organ” headquartered at The Hague, also known as the “World Court” – undercuting arguments that accession to international treaties requires the United States to disregard the Constitution.

The Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution requires action by the legislative branch to transform a non-self-executing treaty obligation into domestic law.

For more on this topic, go to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute