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30 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. [i] (2006-2007)

handle is hein.journals/hasint30 and id is 1 raw text is: VOL. 30                FALL 2006                 NO. 1

Table of Contents

ARTICLES
LOOKING OVER A CROWD AND PICKING YOUR FRIENDS: CIVIL
RIGHTS AND THE DEBATE OVER THE INFLUENCE OF FOREIGN AND
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW ON THE INTERPRETATION
OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
By  Stanley  A . H alpin  .............................................................................  1
Since the 1940s Civil Rights advocates have attempted,
with little success, to use International Human Rights law to
protect the rights of African Americans in the United States.
However, in recent terms, the United States Supreme Court
has seemingly opened the door, at least a crack, to some
limited recognition of international human rights norms as a
legitimate influence upon  their interpretation  of the
Constitution. This article examines the efforts of Civil Rights
Advocates to utilize human rights law and develops from this
history four models of enforcement of human rights law in the
United States. It details the Court's growing acceptance of.
these norms and then focuses upon an issue area that is highly
significant to African Americans in the United States:
affirmative action. It concludes with an assessment of the
value international human rights norms may have upon
constitutional interpretation and the implications they have
upon the claim for slavery reparations.

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