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Disregarding Foreign Relations Law

16 November 2006

Vol. 116, p. 1230

What deference is due the executive in foreign relations? Given the considerable constitutional authority and institutional virtues of the executive in this realm, some judicial deference is almost certainly appropriate. Indeed, courts currently defer to the executive in a large number of cases. Professors Eric Posner and Cass Sunstein nevertheless call for a dramatic expansion in the deference courts accord executive interpretations of law in the foreign-affairs context.

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