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Copyright (c) 1985 The American Society of International Law
American Journal of International Law

CURRENT DEVELOPMENT: LINKAGES BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

January, 1985

79 A.J.I.L. 158

Author

Richard B. Lillich and Hurst Hannum *

Excerpt

While many law schools now offer separate courses or seminars on international human rights law, the number of students exposed to such specialized study remains relatively small. 1 Human rights law is relevant to many other segments of the law school curriculum -- in particular, to courses on constitutional law and individual rights -- although little scholarly attention has been devoted to date to integrating appropriate human rights issues into the "bread and butter" courses that all law students take. To begin to address this lacuna, the Procedural Aspects of International Law (PAIL) Institute has undertaken to develop a human rights component or module designed to supplement leading constitutional law course books and present methods of teaching constitutional law.



Draft materials prepared by the Institute and the general topic of "Linkages between International Human Rights and U.S. Constitutional Law" were discussed at a small conference of constitutional and international law course-book editors and professors held in Washington, D.C., on September 23-24, 1983. 2



The first of three sessions considered the role of international human rights law in domestic courts from both a contemporary and a historical perspective. One of the undersigned, Richard B. Lillich, offered an overview of the contemporary status of international law in United States courts, referring to the treaty power set forth in Article VI, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and the place of customary international law (the content and impact of which were topics of discussion throughout the conference). He noted that not ...
 
 
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