Author Archive for Ryan Scoville

An Analysis of the Israel Passport Case, Zivotofsky v. Kerry

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | 2 Comments »

Recently the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Zivotofsky v. Kerry to resolve an important question in U.S. foreign relations law: does the power to recognize foreign states and governments belong ... Read more »

Thoughts on the Navy / Fukushima Litigation

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Category: Civil Procedure, Federal Civil Litigation, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

There’s an important lawsuit currently pending in federal court in San Diego. In this post, I’ll provide a brief summary and then highlight an intriguing legal question that the parties ... Read more »

State Legislation on the “Sea of Japan” / “East Sea”

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | 4 Comments »

Recently certain Korean American groups have begun lobbying for state legislation requiring public school textbooks to explain that the “Sea of Japan” is also called the “East Sea.” Japan prefers ... Read more »

Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

In this post, I want to evaluate the link between two contemporary foreign policy issues that are generally viewed as unrelated. The first is ongoing U.S. military assistance to Syrian ... Read more »

The Drafting History of the Treaty of Shimonoseki

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

One of the many contested issues in the sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands is whether China ceded title to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. In this ... Read more »

The Diplomacy Powers of Congress

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

I've written on this before, so I'll keep it short: The Michigan Law Review just published my article on the extent to which Congress has constitutional authority to engage in ... Read more »

Why China’s ADIZ Has No Legal Significance

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

There’s been an avalanche of news on the East China Sea over the past week. As I discussed in my previous post, China recently announced a new Air Defense Identification ... Read more »

China’s New Air Defense Identification Zone

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Three days ago China’s Ministry of National Defense established an Air Defense Identification Zone (“ADIZ”) for the East China Sea. According to the announcement, foreign aircraft operating within the ADIZ ... Read more »

Data on the Foreign Travel of Wisconsin’s Federal Legislators

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

It's common to hear of federal legislators traveling abroad on official business to meet with foreign leaders. Because this practice has a variety of significant implications for the execution of ... Read more »

UN Immunity in the Haitian Cholera Litigation

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Two days ago, victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti filed a class action in the Southern District of New York against the United Nations, the UN Secretary-General, and the ... Read more »

The U.S. also Violates an International Norm Against Chemical Weapons

Friday, September 6th, 2013
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Lost in the ongoing debate about Syria is a rather startling irony: while the Administration argues that intervention is necessary to enforce global norms against chemical weapons, the United States ... Read more »

Evidentiary Problems in Congressional Foreign Policymaking

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | 1 Comment »

Here’s an interesting news item: The Administration is reportedly preparing to bring military and political leaders of the Syrian rebels to Washington so that they can lobby Congress to approve ... Read more »