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International Human Rights Obligations Of The United States Outline

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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES

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INT'L LAW & U.S. LAW o US Constitution - Supremacy Clause
? All treaties made under authority of US, shall be the Supreme law of the land

* Judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Const. or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding o President signs - then ratifies after advice & consent of Senate (RUDs) o Ratified by U.S.
? Genocide
? Torture
? ICCPR
? CERD o After ratification, treaty enters into force after certain # of states ratify it o Self-executing
? Needs no enabling legislation o Non self-executing
? Needs enabling legislation for plaintiff to have cause of action in ct. o Medellin v. Texas
? Supreme Ct. held Vienna Convention on Consular Relations - not self-executing
? US has enacted enabling leg. For Genocide & Torture Con.
? US has made ICCPR & CERD non self-executing o If treaty is non self-executing, doesn't prevent P from citing the treaty or using the strong protective language interpretive guide or as customary law o Customary Int'l HRs Law
? Self-executing o Customary Int'l Law
? Part of our domestic law in absence of contrary federal statutes
? Has same status as treaty
? Courts must construe federal statutes to avoid conflict w/cust. law where possible o When act of Congress conflicts w/US treaty obligations - act controls o When treaty provision becomes part of US domestic law - inconsistent preexisting provisions in law or treaty are overruled (subsequent controls - last in time rule) o Exceptions to last in time rule
? When treaty rights have been executed or vested -

* Indirect incorporation exception (Sup. Clause)

* Rights under treaties - treaty terminated by war won't estinguish rights already vested under it

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