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Sabbatino, Sosa, and Supernorms


Kenneth C. Randall


University of Alabama - School of Law

Chimène I. Keitner


University of California Hastings College of the Law

2011

Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law (Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, et al., ed. 2011)
U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2175667

Abstract:     
The U.S. Supreme Court’s foundational decisions in Banco Nacional de Cuba v. Sabbatino and, forty years later, Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain demonstrate the Court’s application of a consistent, overarching principle of restraint: a U.S. court should adjudicate only claims involving what we call “supernorms.” In short, a supernorm is an international legal prohibition that has become so crystallized and entrenched as to be effectively unquestionable and inviolable either by sovereign entities or by individuals, particularly those acting under color of state authority.

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Keywords: international law, supernorms

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Date posted: November 15, 2012  

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Randall, Kenneth C. and Keitner, Chimène I., Sabbatino, Sosa, and Supernorms (2011). Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law (Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, et al., ed. 2011); U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2175667. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2175667

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Kenneth C. Randall (Contact Author)
University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

Chimène I. Keitner
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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