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ICJ Guidance on Consular Notification

In Germany and the United States: Exploring a Transatlantic Divide in Search of a Uniform Interpretation of Consular Rights, Carsten Hoppe analyzes the differences between the United States and German courts in the deference and consideration afforded decisions of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in consular notification matters after the LaGrand and Avena cases under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Hoppe observes an abrasive attitude by the United States Supreme Court in its recent Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon decision which he contrasts with the deferential treatment of the ICJ by the German constitutional court in Karlsruhe. -- Clemens Kochinke, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, Washington.