Law in the global village

Despite our nation fighting wars on at least three fronts (Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan), U.S. news outlets, for the most part, have focused much of this past year on domestic issues such as the debt ceiling, President Obama's jobs bill, and the Republican presidential primary. This week has been a break from the usual milieu with attention centered on international issues such the Palestinian bid for statehood and Iran's release of the two imprisoned American hikers. Noting the change, I began to wonder about the relationship between law and international affairs; namely, whether our legal system is being affected by international players. While I believe different nations require different approaches because of  differing cultures and beliefs, I also acknowledge that to deny globalism’s rise is unwise. As our technologies increase, so does the world’s interdependence. In a sense, we are becoming a global village. There are many examples of legal globalism: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice, to name a few. While these organizations do not confine the United States to compulsory jurisdiction, the United States appears to moving towards it.

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