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Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition

  • Curtis A. Bradley
  • Ashley Deeks
  • Jack L. Goldsmith
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A leading casebook on foreign relations law, authored by widely cited scholars who also have pertinent government experience, Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition examines the law that regulates how the United States interacts with other nations and with international institutions, and how it applies international law within its legal system. The book offers a compelling mix of cases, statutes, and executive branch materials, as well as extensive notes and questions and discussion of relevant historical background and scholarship. These materials guide students through both longstanding as well as cutting-edge issues of constitutional law, statutory interpretation, administrative law, and federal jurisdiction as they relate to the conduct of U.S. foreign relations.

New to the Eighth Edition:

  • A new section on economic sanctions, reflecting the growing significance of this aspect of U.S. foreign policy
  • Expanded discussion of executive authority relating to diplomacy
  • A new section on state international agreements
  • More streamlined coverage of both the Alien Tort Statute and the War on Terror as a result of developments since the last edition
  • Updated notes and questions throughout the book to take account of recent cases, statutes, Executive Branch actions, and scholarship
Benefits for instructors and students:
  • Clear and logical progression of the materials, starting with the powers of government institutions and then proceeding to specific substantive topics
  • Coverage of both cutting-edge legal developments and relevant historical background
  • Integration of leading scholarship into the notes and questions rather than in long excerpts of secondary materials
  • Balanced presentation of controversial topics, with probing questions to consider in class discussions
  • Combination of theoretical analysis with practical insights from real-world examples
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About the authors
Curtis A. Bradley
Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law

Curtis Bradley is the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy Studies. He joined the Duke law faculty in 2005, after teaching at the University of Virginia and University of Colorado law schools. His courses include International Law, Foreign Relations Law, and Federal Courts. Professor Bradley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. He then clerked for Judge David Ebel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Bradley practiced law for several years at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He began teaching in 1995 at the University of Colorado School of Law, and he received tenure there in 1999. In 2000, he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law as a full professor. In 2004, he served as counselor on international law in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. State Department. He is now a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law, and he is also a co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law. From 2012-2018, he served as a Reporter on the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Professor Bradley has written numerous articles concerning both international law and U.S. foreign relations law. He is also the author of a monograph, International Law in the U.S. Legal System (2d ed. Oxford University Press, 2015), and he is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Ashley Deeks

Ashley Deeks is the E. James Kelly, Jr.-Class of 1965 Research Professor at the University of Virginia Law School.& Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of international law, national security, intelligence, and the application of new technologies to those fields. She has written articles on the use of force, executive power, secret treaties, the intersection of intelligence and international law, and the laws of armed conflict. She is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law and serves as a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.& Professor Deeks also serves on the boards of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She is the supervising editor for AJIL Unbound, a senior fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare, and a faculty senior fellow at UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. Before joining UVA, she served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, where she worked on issues related to the law of armed conflict, the use of force, conventional weapons, intelligence, and the legal framework for the conflict with al-Qaida. In previous positions at the State Department, Deeks advised on international law enforcement and extradition questions. In 2005, she served as the embassy legal adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations. Deeks was a 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and a visiting fellow in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Deeks received her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jack L. Goldsmith
Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law
Harvard University

Jack Goldsmith is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author, most recently, of emThe Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside The Bush Administrationem (W.W. Norton 2007), as well as of other books and articles on many topics related to terrorism, national security, international law, conflicts of law, and internet law. Before coming to Harvard, Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and Special Counsel to the General Counsel to the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003. Goldsmith taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-2002, and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994-1997. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, and Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Full bibliography at:

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International Law and Foreign Relations , Constitutional Law , Federal Courts and Federal Jurisdiction
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