Extraterritorial Congressional Oversight

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Andrew McCanse Wright

New York University School of Law; K&L Gates LLP

Date Written: February 17, 2018


Congress has myriad legitimate interests in oversight that transcend national boundaries and extend to U.S. interests all over the world. Such interests can even reach as far as a foreign sovereign’s stewardship of U.S. resources. Extraterritorial congressional oversight and investigations present a number of practical, legal, and diplomatic challenges. In this Article, I consider those challenges and offer some practical reforms Congress could undertake to enhance its ability to project its power of inquiry overseas.

Keywords: Congress, Congressional Oversight, Extraterritorial, Subpoena

Suggested Citation

Wright, Andrew McCanse, Extraterritorial Congressional Oversight (February 17, 2018). 64 Wayne Law Review 228 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125554

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