Contragate and the Invalidity of Pardons for Violations of International Law

6 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2014

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Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: 1987

Abstract

This essay demonstrates why the President does not have a constitutionally-based power to pardon offenses against international law. Although international crimes are offenses against the laws of the United States, they are not offenses against the United States. The pardon power only reaches offenses against the United States.

Keywords: amnesty, Constitution, contragate, crime, extradite, international crime, international law, law of nations, offenses against the US, pardon, pardon power, President, prosecute, take care

Suggested Citation

Paust, Jordan J., Contragate and the Invalidity of Pardons for Violations of International Law (1987). 10 Houston Journal of International Law 51 (1987), U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-83, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2535985

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