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International Law

Enforcing International Law in the United States

US courts can serve as a venue for promoting international law but there are significant limitations.


This lesson examines mechanisms for enforcing international law in U.S. courts. It'll focus primarily on the creation of private rights of action and the Alien Torts Act.

I.               Private Right of Actions

It's important to recall that treaties are agreements between nations. As a result, they don't necessarily create the right for citizens to bring a claim when the treaty is breached. Instead, governments are...