Must Treaty Violations Be Remedied? A Critique of Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon
18 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2007
Date Written: November 2007
In its 2006 decision in Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to provide a requested remedy for a treaty violation on the grounds that the particular remedy was not mentioned in the treaty itself. The article criticizes this approach by the Court to remedies. In treaty law, as in domestic contract law, remedies need not be specified in the agreement. They are found in a separate body of law. The Supreme Court ignored this body of law. The article explains how remedies are provided in international law for treaty violations and suggests that the Supreme Court apply this body of law in future cases of treaty violations.
Keywords: Vienna Convention, Consular Relations, law of state responsibility, Amiable Isabella
JEL Classification: K33, K41, K42
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