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2012

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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Stare Decisis And Foreign Affairs, Michael P. Van Alstine Jan 2012

Stare Decisis And Foreign Affairs, Michael P. Van Alstine

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This article examines whether the jurisprudential and institutional premises of the doctrine of stare decisis retain their validity in the field of foreign affairs. The proper role of the judicial branch in foreign affairs has provoked substantial scholarly debates—historical, institutional, normative—since the very founding of the republic. Precisely because of the sensitivity of the subject, the Supreme Court itself has both cautioned about the judicial branch’s comparative lack of expertise in the field and recognized a web of deference doctrines designed to protect against improvident judicial action. Notwithstanding all of this, however, neither the Supreme Court nor ...