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Lessons From The Past And Strategies For The Future: Using Domestic, International And Comparative Law To Overturn Sodomy Laws, Charlene Smith, James Wilets Jan 2000

Lessons From The Past And Strategies For The Future: Using Domestic, International And Comparative Law To Overturn Sodomy Laws, Charlene Smith, James Wilets

Seattle University Law Review

This Article will first discuss the legal importance of challenging sodomy laws, even though those laws are rarely enforced. It will then discuss the importance of incorporating international and comparative law in formulating these challenges. In Section II, Professor Charlene Smith will discuss past and future strategies, focusing on the topics of equal protection, morality, and the difference (or lack thereof) between acts and status. In Section III, Professor Jim Wilets will explore incorporating international and comparative law into domestic challenges to U.S. sodomy laws. This Article will demonstrate that there is binding Supreme Court authority requiring all U ...


The Secret Of The Court In The Netherlands, Niels F. Van Manen Jan 2000

The Secret Of The Court In The Netherlands, Niels F. Van Manen

Seattle University Law Review

The procedural organization of the legal system in the Netherlands is quite different from the North American model. The Dutch legal system forbids the publication of dissenting opinions. There is even a veil of ignorance about unanimity, created by what is "secret of the court": justice is handed out in black and white terms, regardless of the judges' motivations. This might create an image of unity and unanimity, and thus promote the legitimacy of jurisprudence, however, this secret of the court also prevents the effects of therapeutic jurisprudence, since those who have "won," but even more so those who have ...