Clipping the President's Wings
THE SOURCE: “Presidential Power Over International Law: Restoring the Balance” by Oona A. Hathaway, in The Yale Law Journal, Nov. 2009.
It may be Congress’s job to write the laws in America, but when it comes to international affairs, the legislators have all but relinquished their role. Today, roughly 80 percent of the United States’ international commitments are made by the president acting alone, writes Oona A. Hathaway, a professor of international law at Yale Law School.
In the years after World War II, Congress began passing statutes that...