Restatement of the Law Fourth,

The Foreign Relations Law of the United States

This Restatement updates the influential Restatement Third of The Foreign Relations Law of the United States, published in 1987. Initial topics for consideration include jurisdiction, the domestic effect of treaties, and sovereign immunity.
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Three Tentative Drafts were presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting: Sovereign Immunity, Tentative Draft No. 2, encompassing §§ 455-456, 459, and 461-463 of Chapter 5, Immunity of States from Jurisdiction; Treaties, Tentative Draft No. 1, containing §§ 101, 103, and 107-109 of Chapter 2, Status of Treaties in United States Law; and Jurisdiction, Tentative Draft No. 2, covering Chapters 1-3 of Part II, Prescription, and Chapter 1 of Part III, Adjudication. Section 204 in Part II, Chapter 2, of the Jurisdiction draft was presented for discussion only; all other Sections were for approval. The members approved all three drafts, subject to the discussion at the Meeting and the usual editorial prerogative.

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, Sovereign Immunity, Tentative Draft No. 1, Chapter 5, §§ 451, 453, 458, and 460 (Immunity of States from Jurisdiction) was presented for approval.  Treaties, Discussion Draft, Chapter 2, §§ 101-106 (Status of Treaties in United States Law) was introduced for discussion only. After the Reporters fielded comments on the various Sections for approval, the membership voted to approve Sovereign Immunity, Chapter 5, §§ 451, 453, 458, and 460 subject to the discussion at the Annual Meeting and to the usual editorial prerogative.  As expected, no vote was taken on Treaties.

At the 2014 Annual Meeting, the membership approved §§ 401-409 of Tentative Draft No. 1 (Jurisdiction). These sections are contained within Part IV, Enforcement; Chapter 1, Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in the United States.

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Coordinating Reporter Paul Stephan and Reporters Ingrid Wuerth and David Stewart discuss the project in this short video:

Coordinating Reporters
Sarah H. Cleveland Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Paul B. Stephan University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Reporters
Immunity
David P. Stewart Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Ingrid Wuerth Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, TN
Jurisdiction
William S. Dodge University of California, Davis School of Law
Davis, CA
Anthea Roberts The Australian National University
Canberra
Paul B. Stephan University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Treaties
Curtis A. Bradley Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
Sarah H. Cleveland Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Edward T. Swaine George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
Counselor
John B. Bellinger, III Arnold & Porter LLP
Washington, DC
Daniel Bethlehem London, England
Joan E. Donoghue International Court of Justice
The Hague, Netherlands
Conrad K. Harper New York, NY, USA
Harold Hongju Koh Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Carolyn B. Lamm White & Case LLP
Washington, DC
David W. Rivkin Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY
Advisers
Immunity
Mark David Agrast American Society of International Law
Washington, DC
David Bowker WilmerHale
Washington, DC
Mark A. Cymrot Baker & Hostetler LLP
Washington, DC
Lori Damrosch Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Douglas Hallward-Driemeier Ropes & Gray LLP
Washington, DC
Laurence R. Helfer Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
Chimène Keitner University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, CA
Royce C. Lamberth U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
Mary Catherine Malin U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
D. Stephen Mathias United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
New York, NY
Judith A. Miller Chevy Chase, MD
Jeffrey P. Minear Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, DC
Sean David Murphy George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
R. Hewitt Pate Chevron Corporation
San Ramon, CA
Steven R. Ratner University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI
John M. Rogers U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Lexington, KY
Sidney H. Stein U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
New York, NY
Robert N. Weiner Arnold & Porter LLP
Washington, DC
Jurisdiction
George A. Bermann Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Gary Brian Born WilmerHale
London
Hannah L. Buxbaum Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
Bloomington, IN
Susan L. Carney U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
New Haven, CT
Jack Landman Goldsmith Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
Timothy B. Goodell Hess Corporation
New York, NY
Kent A. Jordan U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Wilmington, DE
Jeffrey D. Kovar U.S. Department of State, Legal Adviser's Office (L/CID)
Washington, DC
Ralf C. Michaels Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
Fred A. Rowley, Jr. Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Anthony J. Scirica U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Philadelphia, PA
Linda J. Silberman New York University School of Law
New York, NY
Beth Stephens Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
Michael Traynor Cobalt LLP
Berkeley, CA
Peter D. Trooboff Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
Walter H. White, Jr. McGuire Woods
London
Christopher A. Whytock University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Stephen F. Williams U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Washington, DC
Diane P. Wood U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Chicago, IL
Treaties
José A. Cabranes U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
New Haven, CT
Bradford R. Clark George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
Bernice Bouie Donald U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Memphis, TN
Donald F. Donovan Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY
Oona A. Hathaway Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Duncan B. Hollis Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
O. Thomas Johnson Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
The Hague
Michael Mattler U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
M. Margaret McKeown U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
San Diego, CA
Gerald L. Neuman Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
Michael D. Ramsey University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, CA
W. Michael Reisman Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Carlos Manuel Vázquez Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Samuel M. Witten Arnold & Porter LLP
Washington, DC
International Advisory Panel
Dapo Akande St. Peter's College, University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Manuel J. Cepeda Espinosa International Legal Counsel to Colombian Government
Bogota, Colombia
James R. Crawford University of Cambridge, Jesus College
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Olufemi Elias Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
 
Mathias Forteau University of Paris
Paris, France
Joel Hernandez Garcia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
Mahmoud Hmoud The Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations
New York, NY
Hiba Husseini Husseini & Husseini
Ramallah, Palestinian Territory
Yuji Iwasawa University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law
Tokyo, Japan
Marie Jacobsson Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Stockholm, Sweden
Catherine Kessedjian University Panthéon-Assas Paris II
Paris, France
Campbell Alan McLachlan Victoria University of Wellington Law School
Wellington, New Zealand
Sundaresh Menon Supreme Court of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
Georg Nolte Humboldt University Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Kate O'Regan Constitutional Court
Braamfontein, South Africa
Monica Pinto University of Buenos Aires Law School
Buenos Aires City, Argentina
Wenhua Shan Xi'an Jiaotong University School of Law
Xi'an Shaanxi, China
Yuval Shany The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
Bakhtiyar R. Tuzmukhamedov ICTR/ICTY Appeals Chamber
The Hague, Netherlands
Yogesh Tyagi South Asian University
New Delhi, India
Philippa Webb King's College London
London, England
Liaison
Houston Putnam Lowry Polivy, Taschner, Lowry & Clayton, LLC
Hartford, CT
Robert E. Lutz Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
Members Consultative Group
William J. Aceves California Western School of Law
San Diego, CA
Mark David Agrast American Society of International Law
Washington, DC
Klint Alexander University of Wyoming College of Law
Laramie, WY
Diane Marie Amann University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, GA
Catherine M. Amirfar U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
Lady Just. Mary Arden Court of Appeal of United Kingdom
London, England
Larry Catá Backer Penn State University, Penn State Law
University Park, PA
Joseph R. Bankoff Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Robert S. Barker Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA
Anthony J. Bellia, Jr. Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, IN
Rakesh Kumar Bhala University of Kansas School of Law
Lawrence, KS
Richard B. Bilder University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI
Andrea K. Bjorklund McGill University Faculty of Law
Montreal, QC, Canada
Amelia H. Boss Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Ronald A. Brand University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA
Charles N. Brower 20 Essex Street Chambers
London, England
Charles H. Brower II Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI
Samuel L. Bufford Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
University Park, PA
Warren T. Burns Burns Charest LLP
Dallas, TX
William E. Butler Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
Carlisle, PA
Irene Calboli Texas A&M School of Law
Fort Worth, TX
Tom Campbell Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Orange, CA
Peter H. Carson Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
San Francisco, CA
Linda E. Carter University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Sacramento, CA
William Richard Casto Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock, TX
Steve Charnovitz George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
Lung-chu Chen New York Law School
New York, NY
Tai-Heng Cheng Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
New York, NY
Sylvia Fung Chin White & Case LLP
New York, NY
Stephen Yee Chow Burns & Levinson LLP
Boston, MA
Donna R. Christie Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL
Roger S. Clark Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
Jacob Katz Cogan University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati, OH
David K. Cohen George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
Harlan G. Cohen University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, GA
Neil B. Cohen Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, NY
Michael Crommelin Melbourne Law School
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thomas L. Cubbage, III Covington & Burling LLP
Washington, DC
Vivian Grosswald Curran University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Supreme Court of California
San Francisco, CA
Mark A. Cymrot Baker & Hostetler LLP
Washington, DC
Robert E. Dalton U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
Brannon P. Denning Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL
Thomas A. Dubbs Labaton Sucharow LLP
New York, NY
George E. Edwards Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis, IN
Sheldon H. Elsen JAMS
New York, NY
Samuel Estreicher New York University School of Law
New York, NY
Mary Fan University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA
Ira M. Feinberg Hogan Lovells US LLP
New York, NY
Richard L. Field Law Office of Richard Field
Cliffside Park, NJ
J. Clifton Fleming, Jr. Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Provo, UT
Joseph Z. Fleming Greenberg Traurig LLP
Miami, FL
Matthew L.M. Fletcher Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, MI
Donald Thomas Fox Fox Horan & Camerini LLP
New York, NY
Susan D. Franck Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA
Eric M. Freedman Hofstra University School of Law
Hempstead, NY
Robert Shenton French High Court of Australia
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Kenneth S. Gallant University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
Little Rock, AR
Curtis E. Gannon U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC
Steven S. Gensler University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
James Paul George Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, TX
Martin Glenn U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
New York, NY
Jeffrey B. Golden London School of Economics & Political Science
London, England
Marc J. Goldstein Marc J. Goldstein Litigation and Arbitration Chambers
New York, NY
Norman L. Greene Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, LLP
New York, NY
Michael Greenwald Philadelphia, PA, USA
Oren Gross University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN
Simona Grossi Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
David Gruning Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law
New Orleans, LA
Charles H. Gustafson Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Patricia Isela Hansen University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Keith M. Harper U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council/U.S. Mission Geneva
Geneva
Robert A. Helman Mayer Brown LLP
Chicago, IL
Paul Herrup U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC
Tracy D. Hester University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Edwin E. Huddleson Washington, DC
Mark Weston Janis University of Connecticut School of Law
Hartford, CT
Christopher A. Jarvinen Berger Singerman LLP
Miami, FL
Mark R. Joelson Joelson Law Office
Washington, DC
Herman N. Johnson, Jr. Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL
John Martin Jones, Jr. Brewster, MA
Claire R. Kelly U.S. Court of International Trade
New York, NY
Louis B. Kimmelman Sidley Austin LLP
New York, NY
Glenn S. Koppel Western State College of Law
Fullerton, CA
Judith L. Kreeger State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit
Miami, FL
Julian G. Ku Hofstra University School of Law
Hempstead, NY
Peter B Kutner University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, OK
Herbert I. Lazerow University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, CA
Carol F. Lee Taconic Capital Advisors LP
New York, NY
Thomas H. Lee Fordham University School of Law
New York, NY
E. Bruce Leonard Miller Thomson
Toronto, Canada
Jeremy I. Levitt Florida A & M University College of Law
Orlando, FL
Eric L. Lewis Lewis Baach PLLC
Washington, DC
Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein Sarasota, FL
Lance Liebman Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Houston Putnam Lowry Polivy, Taschner, Lowry & Clayton, LLC
Hartford, CT
Robert E. Lutz Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
C. Scott Maravilla U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Washington, DC
Jerome M. Marcus Marcus & Auerbach LLC
Spring House, PA
Andrew J. Markus Carlton Fields P.A.
Miami, FL
Joseph Michael Matthews Colson, Hicks and Eidson, P.A.
Coral Gables, FL
James R. Maxeiner University of Baltimore School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Joseph McLaughlin Sidley Austin LLP
New York, NY
Mary Elizabeth McLeod U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC
James A. Medford Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Greensboro, NC
Thomas Butler Merritt Littleton, NH, USA
David H. Moore Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Provo, UT
James A. R. Nafziger Willamette University College of Law
Salem, OR
Ved P. Nanda University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO
Richard L. Neumeier Morrison Mahoney LLP
Boston, MA
George M. Newcombe Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Palo Alto, CA
John E. Osborn University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA
Carolyn S. Ostby U.S. District Court, District of Montana
Billings, MT
Eric J. Pan U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Washington, DC
John T. Parry Lewis & Clark Law School
Portland, OR
R. Ashby Pate Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC
Birmingham, AL
Kenneth L. Penegar Nashville, TN, USA
Mary Margaret Penrose Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, TX
Nancy Leeds Perkins Arnold & Porter LLP
Washington, DC
James E. Pfander Northwestern University School of Law
Chicago, IL
A. Robert Pietrzak Sidley Austin LLP
New York, NY
Ellen S. Podgor Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL
Jeffrey M. Pollock Fox Rothschild LLP
Lawrenceville, NJ
Terrance G. Reed Lankford & Reed PLLC
Alexandria, VA
C. Ryan Reetz Bryan Cave LLP
Miami, FL
Kenneth F. Ripple U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
South Bend, IN
Davis R. Robinson Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Washington, DC
Sandra M. Rocks Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
New York, NY
Fred A. Rowley, Jr. Munger Tolles & Olson LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Leila Nadya Sadat Washington University School of Law
Saint Louis, MO
Michael D. Sandler Sandler Arbitration & Mediation LLC
Mercer Island, WA, USA
Mary M. Schroeder U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Phoenix, AZ
Michael A. Scodro Jenner & Block, LLP
Chicago, IL
John A. Sebert Wilmette, IL, USA
Stephen E. Shay Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
Matthew D. Slater Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Washington, DC
Robert D. Sloane Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA
David L. Sloss Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
David H. Small Washington, DC, USA
Douglas G. Smith Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL
Mary L. Smith Lansing, IL, USA
Abby Cohen Smutny White & Case LLP
Washington, DC
Craig Smyser Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Houston, TX
Robert G. Spector University of Oklahoma Law Center
Norman, OK
A. Benjamin Spencer University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
Adam N. Steinman University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, AL
Joan E. Steinman IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL
Beth Stephens Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
David E. Sternberg Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
New York, NY
Elizabeth S. Stong U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
Brooklyn, NY
S. I. Strong University of Missouri School of Law
Columbia, MO
Guy Miller Struve Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
New York, NY
Symeon C. Symeonides Willamette University College of Law
Salem, OR
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
William H. Theis Federal Defender Program
Chicago, IL
John M. Townsend Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Washington, DC
Sjef van Erp Maastricht University
Maastricht, Netherlands
Vincenzo Varano University of Florence
Florence, Italy
Stephen I. Vladeck University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
George K. Walker Wake Forest University School of Law
Winston Salem, NC
Don Wallace Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Evan J. Wallach U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Washington, DC
Nicholas J. Wallwork Phoenix, AZ
Manning Gilbert Warren, III University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Louisville, KY
Rhonda Wasserman University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA
Steven O. Weise Proskauer Rose LLP
Los Angeles, CA
David Weissbrodt University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN
Ralph U. Whitten Creighton University School of Law
Omaha, NE
Edwin D. Williamson Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Washington, DC
Peter Winship Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Dallas, TX
Samuel Brown Witt, III Bryan Brothers, Inc.
Richmond, VA
Nicholas J. Wittner Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, MI
Patrick Woolley University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Ernest A. Young Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
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