"Partly Laws Common to All Mankind"

Foreign Law in American Courts

Jeremy Waldron

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June 12, 2012
304 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300148657
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Should judges in United States courts be permitted to cite foreign laws in their rulings? In this book Jeremy Waldron explores some ideas in jurisprudence and legal theory that could underlie the Supreme Court’s occasional recourse to foreign law, especially in constitutional cases. He argues that every society is governed not only by its own laws but partly also by laws common to all mankind (ius gentium). But he takes the unique step of arguing that this common law is not natural law but a grounded consensus among all nations. The idea of such a consensus will become increasingly important in jurisprudence and public affairs as the world becomes more globalized.

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor and Professor of Law at New York University. He is also Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford.

"Waldron is a clear and entertaining writer, and even for someone like myself—a non-lawyer—this book was a pleasure to read."—Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University

"I enjoyed the book immensely and learned a great deal from it. The bottom line is that this is a very hard topic, and after reading Waldron's book I am inspired to want to write one of my own,"—Steve Calabresi, George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University

Waldron’s book is well-written, engaging, and thought-provoking work, casting new light on a technique of legal reasoning that has attracted much attention of late.”—Daniel Peat, Gonville & Caius College

Received a Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship given by the American Society of International Law.