Samuel Alito on Foreign Policy
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)
As for the protection of individual rights, I think that we should look to our own Constitution and our own precedents. Our country has been the leader in protecting individual rights. We have our own law. We have our own traditions.
There are other legal issues that come up in which I think itís legitimate to look to foreign law. For example, if a question comes up concerning the interpretation of a treaty thatís been entered into by many countries, I donít see anything wrong with seeing the way the treaty has been interpreted in other countries.
After his conviction for murder, Mexican citizen Jose Medellin argued on appeal that police should have complied with the Vienna Convention and asked if he wanted his consulate notified of his arrest. Texas courts held that Medellin should have made this argument before trial. Separately, the UN's International Court of Justice heard a case involving Medellin, brought by Mexico against the US, on failure to comply with the Convention. The ICJ held that Texas courts must provide Medellin with hearings on the issue.
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