Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Curt Bradley on "Civics Lecture" to Iran

Neil Siegel

Over at The Conversation, my colleague Curt Bradley offers a blunt, learned assessment of the March 9 letter that forty-seven Republican Senators signed and directed at the leaders of Iran.  The letter purports to instruct Iran's leaders on the limited legal effect of "a mere executive agreement" that they might reach with President Obama on their nuclear program.  Bradley explains why the letter betrays ignorance of the legal status of executive agreements under international law, undermines our nation's interests in having other nations comply with their legal commitments to us, and further weakens the institutional prerogatives of the Senate vis-a-vis the President.

Long live partisan politics.  Madison keeps rolling in his grave.

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