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TREATY INTERPRETATION: A COMMENT.

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  • Source:
    University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1989/05/01, Vol: 137, p1437
  • Additional Information
    • Author:
      ABRAHAM D. SOFAER
    • Citation:
      137 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1437
    • Copyright:
      Copyright (c) 1989 The Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania
    • Abstract:
      The key question in the treaty interpretation "debate" is: what standards are correct for judging whether the President is bound to an interpretation of a treaty under domestic law because of the manner in which the treaty was presented to the Senate? Professor Koplow's analysis of the treaty interpretation issue is more accurate than that of most of the prior critics of the Reagan Administration's views on this subject. Like so many of the Administration's critics, however, Professor Koplow misstates my position and that of the Administration on some issues, particularly on the straw man called the "Sofaer doctrine." The alleged "Sofaer doctrine" is no more than a polemical device, utilized in a political controversy, and has never had any basis in fact. I realize that disputes between the political branches will not always be fought by Roberts' Rules. I take responsibility, in fact, for any misunderstandings that might have existed on the part of certain Senators. But I cannot accept Professor Koplow's reliance on the "Sofaer Doctrine," as he purports to present a scholar's account. He shold have limited his criticisms to those areas in which we truly hold different positions, rather than exploiting a politically generated mischaracterization of my position. 1 It is, however, apparent that Professor Koplow has conceded most aspects of my position on treaty interpretation. On the issues where we differ, I remain comfortable with the views I espoused during the ABM Treaty debate. To begin with, it is important to realize how far the ...
    • Subject Terms:
    • Keywords:
      mischaracterization
      misunderstandings
      responsibility
      administration
      interpretation
      particularly
      comfortable
      politically
      controversy
      exploiting
    • Accession Number:
      edslex79D25F83
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SOFAER, A. D. Treaty Interpretation: A Comment. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, [s. l.], v. 137, p. 1437, 1989. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 11 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      SOFAER AD. Treaty Interpretation: A Comment. University of Pennsylvania Law Review. 1989;137:1437. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 11, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      SOFAER AD. Treaty Interpretation: A Comment. University of Pennsylvania Law Review. 1989;137:1437. Accessed July 11, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      SOFAER, A. D. (1989). Treaty Interpretation: A Comment. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 137, 1437.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      SOFAER, ABRAHAM D. 1989. “Treaty Interpretation: A Comment.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 137 (May): 1437. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      SOFAER, A. D. (1989) ‘Treaty Interpretation: A Comment’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 137, p. 1437. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 11 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      SOFAER, AD 1989, ‘Treaty Interpretation: A Comment’, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, vol. 137, p. 1437, viewed 11 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      SOFAER, ABRAHAM D. “Treaty Interpretation: A Comment.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, vol. 137, May 1989, p. 1437. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      SOFAER, ABRAHAM D. “Treaty Interpretation: A Comment.” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 137 (May 1, 1989): 1437. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      SOFAER AD. Treaty Interpretation: A Comment. University of Pennsylvania Law Review [Internet]. 1989 May 1 [cited 2020 Jul 11];137:1437. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslex79D25F83&custid=s8280428