Author Archive for Ryan Scoville

The Study of International Law in American Law Schools: A Brief History

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Legal Education, Public | No Comments »

As I’ve discussed in other posts, international law has a fairly peripheral role in American legal education. Only eight schools require their students to complete a course on the subject, and ... Read more »

Residency Venue in Cases with Foreign Corporate Defendants

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Category: Federal Civil Litigation, Public | No Comments »

A few years ago, Congress passed the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011, in part to resolve, as the title suggests, uncertainties concerning the old venue statute. ... Read more »

More on Boehner’s Invitation to Netanyahu

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Category: Constitutional Interpretation, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | 1 Comment »

As I mentioned in my previous post, House Speaker John Boehner recently invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on the subject of Iran's nuclear program, and he ... Read more »

Some Historical Perspective on Netanyahu’s Address to Congress

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Today there’s some interesting news from the realm of foreign relations law: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give an address to Congress next month on the topic of Iran’s ... Read more »

Compelled Diplomacy in Zivotofsky v. Kerry

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

To the parties and lower courts, Zivotofsky v. Kerry has been a dispute primarily about the nature of the President's power to recognize foreign borders. But what if the law ... Read more »

The Problem with a Grand Bargain on the Senkaku Islands

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Lately there have been a variety of proposals for cooperative solutions to the Sino-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku Islands, but these proposals seem to suffer from a common problem in that they ... Read more »

Back From Japan: What I Learned

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

Recently I went to Japan as part of a small group of American academics and researchers who are interested in Japanese foreign policy. During the trip, we met with officials from ... Read more »

Does the Legalization of Marijuana Violate International Law?

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | 3 Comments »

The shift toward legalization of marijuana has gained a lot of momentum in the past few years. By a recent count, more than twenty states have enacted legislation that permits ... Read more »

A Global Survey on the Study of International Law (Part II)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Legal Education, Public | No Comments »

Last month I put up the first in what I anticipate will be a series of posts on the subject of international legal education. I summarized the results of a ... Read more »

Thoughts on Mwani v. Al Qaeda

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Category: Federal Law & Legal System, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

A federal magistrate judge issued a noteworthy decision yesterday in Mwani v. Al Qaeda—a case filed several years ago by victims of the 1998 truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy ... Read more »

A Global Survey on the Study of International Law

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Legal Education, Public | No Comments »

In the United States, public international law is not an important part of legal education. By my count, only eight schools require their students to complete a course on the subject: ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Bond v. United States

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Public | No Comments »

(This is another post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term.) Continuing with this blog’s coverage of the recently concluded Supreme Court term, I’ll offer a ... Read more »