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Later-in-Time Rule

Later-in-Time Rule

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A legal principle which resolves questions of supremacy between a treaty and a conflicting act of Congress. When a self-executing treaty and a federal statute relate to the same subject, courts will always attempt to construe them so as to give effect to both, if that can be done without violating the language of either. However, if the two are inconsistent, the one that was entered later in date will control over the other.

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