Professor John Yoo
Boalt Hall School of Law
FOREIGN RELATIONS LAW
1. I am re-arranging the reading assignments for the next two weeks. Please check the reading assignment list.
This Course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The course examines the law governing the conduct of American foreign relations. First, we will consider the distribution of the foreign affairs power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Special attention will be given to the original understanding of the foreign affairs power and how the constitutional design has (or has not) changed over time. War powers and the treaty process will be the focus of this part of the course. Second, we will examine the statutory distribution of authority in foreign affairs, with emphasis on the conduct of international economic relations. The course will conclude with a review of legal constraints on the foreign affairs power imposed by the states, the judiciary, and by international law.
There are two required books:
1. THOMAS FRANCK & MICHAEL GLENNON, FOREIGN RELATIONS & NATIONAL SECURITY LAW: CASES, MATERIALS & SIMULATIONS (2d ed., 1993);
2. LOUIS HENKIN, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE CONSTITUTION (2D ED. 1996)
Supplemental readings can be found at the reserve desk of the Law Library, or can be downloaded by clicking on the links above. Other readings not contained in the course books will also be placed on reserve at the law library or can be downloaded by clicking on the link to reserve readings below.