June 24, 2014 -- Professor Eugene Volokh discussed constitutional rights and impact of an Israeli court ruling that was cited in the al-Awlaki drone assassination memo. His comments appear in a U.S. News & World Report article.
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, whose popular legal blog is hosted by The Washington Post, is wary of foreign court decisions’ relevance to U.S. law, but he's also skeptical that the Israeli case played much of a role in justifying al-Awlaki’s assassination.
“It’s hard to tell for sure given the redactions, but it seems like a pretty tangential reference,” Volokh says. “It’s not like the memo relied heavily on this, or that the decision changed the government’s analysis. It just seems like a ‘hey, look, someone else agrees with us’ citation.”
Nonetheless, he says, “even such references tend to validate the notion that American constitutional rules should be influenced by foreign constitutional rules.”
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