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13 Int'l L. News 1 (1984)

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Vol. 13, No. 1
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. Winter 1984

Section of Inentoa Law an Pr at, Amria Ba soito

Restatement of
Foreign Relations Law
Council Meets
With ALI Reporters
On December 2, 1983, the Section's Council met
with the four Reporters for the American Law In-
stitute's Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of
the United States (Revised). Tile Chief Reporter is
Louis Henkin of Columbia Law School; the Associ-
ate Reporters are Andreas F. Lowenfeld of NYU,
Louis B. Sohn of Georgia, and Detlev F. Vagts of
Harvard. To date, drafts of the Restatement have
been published by the ALI in four installments.
Prior to the meeting, Don Wallace Jr. and John B.
Houck sent a letter dated November 23, 1983 to the
Reporters expressing the Council's concerns as to
some of the positions taken in the draft Restatement.
The following are highlights of the letter of Messrs.
Wallace and Houck.   Section members wishing
copies of the full letter may obtain them from
Professor Wallace by calling 202-828-1369 or Jeffrey
Carr at 202-828-1258.
1. Customary International Law
§ 103. Evidence of International Law states that
substantial weight is to be given to international
and national judicial or arbitral tribunals, resolutions
of international organizations, and writings of ex-
perts. The reference to resolutions is controversial
and without real precedent. We therefore suggest it
be eliminated or at least substantially demoted in
More specifically, we do not believe that the
proposed treatment of international organization res-
olutions can soundly be reconciled with the require-
ments of opiniojuris, and we believe it very unwise to
try to do so. We do not refer merely to the fact that
the constitutions of many international organiza-
tions may limit lawmaking decisions, or do not
contemplate the free generation of custom.
(Continued on p. 9)

Spring Section Meeting
To Be Held in Philadelphia
The Section will hold its Spring Meeting this year
in Philadelphia from May 4 to May 6, 1984 at the
Bellevue Stratford Hotel. The Spring Meeting will
feature a luncheon address by a member of the
Reagan Administration and the presentation of the
Section's Private International Law Award to the
Honorable Richard D. Kearney.  The Section's
Council will meet in open session on Sunday, May 6,
and various Committee meetings are scheduled for
Friday, May 4. On Friday evening a dinner will be
held at which Richard D. Kearney will receive his
Award. A cocktail reception at the Bellevue Strat-
ford is scheduled for Saturday evening.
Two major educational programs sponsored by the
Section will be held at this Spring Meeting in addi-
tion to the traditional Section business meetings.
These two programs, which will be co-sponsored
with bar associations and law schools in the Phila-
delphia area, are Common Market Initiatives Af-
fecting the U.S. Multinational and U.S. Regulation
of American Investment Abroad: The Case of South
Africa. There will also be an educational prograr.
sponsored by the Committee on International Trade
entitled: The Standards Code: The Sleeper of the
MTN. The public is invited to all three of thes'
educational programs, as well as the Section social
The schedule for the Spring Meeting may be found
,it page 4 of this issue of the International Law News.
Those persons wishing to attend the Spring Meeting
should complete the Section Functions Form on page
4 and send the completed Form to Section Head-
quarters in Washington, D.C. Hotel reservations
may be made by using the Reservation Request on
page 5.
(Continued on p. 4)

Copyright© 1984 American Bar Association

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