Treaty Law in the United States

Treaty Law in the United States

Learn about the status of international treaties in the US, how they are incorporated into domestic law, and the limits of their application.


In this lesson we’ll discuss the status of treaties in the United States. We’ll consider their creation, application, and interpretation by domestic courts.

I.               Treaties Under the Constitution

You’ll recall that Article IV of the Constitution names treaties as, quote, “the supreme law of the land,” unquote, alongside the constitution itself and laws made in accordance with it. The Constitution only restricts this...