Exploring U.S. treaty practice through a military lens
Geoffrey S. Corn and Dru Brenner-Beck
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Harvard journal of law and public policy, Vol. 38, no. 2, Spring 2015, p. 547-628
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One area of U.S. policy especially impacted by treaty law is military affairs. Indeed, the only treaties currently ratified by every nation in the world are devoted to limiting the harmful consequences of armed hostilities: the four Geneva Conventions of 1949. Because treaties have such a ubiquitous relationship with military affairs, this component of national power provides a useful lens through which to explore U.S. treaty practice. This article provides this exploration, using the context of military affairs to illuminate various aspects of U.S. treaty practice. Because military related treaties implicate every aspect of treaty practice, this treatment provides a comprehensive survey of this practice with the consistent context of one area of U.S. national security policy. This not only explains the treaty making and implementation process, but also illustrates how treaty law impacts even the most vital national security policies of the nation.