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Lost in Translation: The Accidental Origins of Bond v. United States


Kevin L. Cope


Georgetown University Law Center

February 27, 2014

112 Michigan Law Review (First Impressions) 133 (2014)

Abstract:     
Bond v. United States, which is now pending before the Supreme Court, weighs the constitutionally of using the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its implementing act to prosecute U.S. citizens for local assaults. Both parties and numerous amici now believe that the case could transform key parts of federalism doctrine and/or U.S. foreign relations. This essay gives a retrospective on Bond and the CWC’s U.S. implementation. It shows that the federalism issues central to Bond were overlooked during the CWC’s ratification and implementation, and that Congress and the State Department never envisioned Bond-like uses of the CWC Implementation Act. It offers a theory for this oversight, and it attempts to explain why international law like the CWC sometimes translates poorly into domestic law. Finally, it shows how cases like Bond showcase the unintended effects of those mistranslations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: federalism, Congress, Constitution, treaties, chemical weapons convention, Supreme Court

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Date posted: March 1, 2014 ; Last revised: April 29, 2014

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Cope, Kevin L., Lost in Translation: The Accidental Origins of Bond v. United States (February 27, 2014). 112 Michigan Law Review (First Impressions) 133 (2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2402268

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