A historical, international relations, and legal reassessment for why there should be a larger judiciary role in American foreign relations
In the last several decades, there has been a growing chorus of voices contending that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary should stay out of foreign affairs and leave the field to the Congress and president. Challenging this commentary, Restoring the Global Judiciary argues instead for a robust judicial role in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. With an innovative combination of constitutional history, international relations theory, and legal doctrine, Martin Flaherty demonstrates that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary have the power and duty to apply the law without deference to the other branches.
Turning first to the founding of the nation, Flaherty shows that the ConstitutionaEURO (TM)s original commitment to separation of powers was as strong in foreign as domestic matters, not least because the document shifted enormous authority to the new federal government. This initial conception eroded as the nation rose from fledgling state to superpower, fueling the growth of a dangerously formidable executive that today asserts near-plenary foreign affairs authority. Flaherty explores how modern international relations makes the commitment to balance all the more critical and he considers implications for modern controversies that the judiciary will continue to confront.
At a time when executive and legislative actions in the name of U.S. foreign policy are only increasing, Restoring the Global Judiciary makes the case for a zealous judicial defense of fundamental rights involving global affairs.
"Restoring the Global Judiciary is a major work. It is the best history of the Supreme Court and foreign affairs law that I know of, as well as the best integration of international relations theory and constitutional jurisprudence. This book is worth the price of admission and made me a whole lot smarter." aEURO"Mark A. Graber, author of A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism
aEURO In this timely book, Martin Flaherty addresses a historic problem that has renewed urgency: whether the Supreme Court can constrain the president in world affairs. Restoring the Global Judiciary is compelling, wide-ranging, accessible, and important."aEURO"Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences