Reviving the Nuclear Power Option In The United States: Using Domestic Energy Law To Cure Two Perceptions Of International Law Illegality

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This Idea begins an exploration of the relationships between law and policy, and between domestic and international law in the context of climate change, the war in Iraq and the domestic law and policy of the United States on nuclear energy. All too often, a nation’s broad foreign policy positions are formulated without a full consideration of the international law implications of that policy. Even more often, the potential role of existing domestic law to serve those foreign policy objectives is not considered. Conversely, the foreign policy benefits of domestic law’s application are rarely a meaningful factor in domestic law and policy decision-making.

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