Policy Forum

Can a Treaty Increase the Power of Congress?

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Date and Time
June 14, 2013 12 - 1:30 PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Hon. Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; moderated by Roger Pilon Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute.

In 1920, in Missouri v. Holland, the Supreme Court seemed to say, contrary to basic constitutional principles, that a treaty could increase the legislative power of Congress. That issue is now back before the Court in Bond v. United States, a case with deliciously lurid facts involving adultery, revenge, and the Chemical Weapons Convention. Cato has filed an amicus brief in the case, written by Nicholas Rosenkranz, based on his Harvard Law Review article on the subject. Please join us for a discussion of this fundamental constitutional question.