International law roundup

  • Pregaming U.S. v. Bond, case where SCOTUS could revisit Missouri v. Holland treaty-power doctrine [Duncan Hollis, OJ, earlier here, etc.]
  • Military drones and international law: for professor-turned-State-official Koh, the dish is crow [Ku/OJ]
  • “Another UN Push for Global Taxation” [Dan Mitchell, Cato at Liberty]
  • “Free speech is a gift given to us in 1948 by U.N. officials? Who knew?” [Mark Steyn, NRO]
  • Lago Agrio, Ecuador saga: “Chevron claims Patton Boggs tried to cover up a fraud” [Roger Parloff, Fortune]
  • New Kenneth Anderson book, “Living with the U.N.” [Hoover Institute Press]
  • FCPA: “Foreign Firms Most Affected by a U.S. Law Barring Bribes” [New York Times]


  • The observation that a global tobacco tax might induce a rise in organized criminal activity was a good one. However, I believe that the UN bureaucrats might see this as a feature, rather than a bug, because it generates even more of a “need” for an international police force that could be useful in enforcing other UN principles (see, e.g., the freedom of speech as a “privilege” granted by the UN in 1948)…

  • ” such a statement is: **** off, ******. Free speech is not …”