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The Death of Treaty SupremacyAn Invisible Constitutional Change$
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David L. Sloss

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199364022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364022.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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The Death of Treaty Supremacy
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David L. Sloss

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364022.003.0001

Not around the inventors of new noise, but around the inventors of new values does the world revolve; inaudibly it revolves.

—FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

When the Framers of the U.S. Constitution met in Philadelphia in 1787, they drafted a Constitution designed to ensure that states would not violate the nation’s treaty commitments. Before adoption of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton noted, “the treaties of the United States … [were] liable to the infractions of thirteen different legislatures … The faith, the reputation, the peace of the whole Union, are thus continually at the mercy of the prejudices, the passions, and the interests of every member of which it is composed.”...

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