THE LAW: Friends of the World Court

The U.S. joined the International Court of Justice in 1945. but under the Connally Reservation* it sharply hedged its membership in 1946 by reserving the right to label any dispute "domestic" and therefore beyond the jurisdiction of the court. That self-judging escape clause cripples the court and mocks the professed U.S. goal of a world rule of law. Last week a group of prominent Americans launched a campaign of public education and debate aimed at repeal of the Connally Reservation by the Senate next year.

With New York's distinguished Judge Learned Hand as...

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