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Restatement of Foreign Relations Law of the United States

Foreign Relations Law of the United States

"The foreign relations law of the United States, as dealt with in this Restatement, consists of (a) international law as it applies to the United States; and (b) domestic law that has substantial significance for the foreign relations of the United States or has other substantial international consequences." Restatement (Third) Foreign Relations Law § 1 (Am. Law Inst. 1987).

Jenkins has access to the Restatement of the Law of Foreign Relations Law of the United States in print, on the library's Westlaw computers, and on the member database HeinOnline. Use this guide to find out more about this Restatement and how to access it.

Series Information

The Restatement of the Law, Fourth: Foreign Relations Law of the United States was published in 2018. The fourth series is only a partial revision of the third series.

The Restatement of the Law, Third: Foreign Relations Law of the United States was published in 1987. Select case citation sources to the third series of Foreign Relations Law may include case citations from the second series of the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law.

The Restatement, [Second] Foreign Relations Law of the United States was published in 1965. The Restatements for the Foreign Relations Law of the United States began with the second series. Select case citation sources may include case citations to the second series of the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law with the third series of Foreign Relations Law.

See the Annotations page of this guide for more information about finding case citations.

Research Tip

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements page of this guide.

Superseded Status

The Restatement of the Law, Fourth: Foreign Relations Law of the United States is a partial revision of the Third Series, covering treaties, jurisdiction, and sovereign immunity. Superseded status information is available at the beginning of each "Part" of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Fourth. Furthermore, "the provisions of the Third Restatement remain the position of The American Law Institute except where superseded by provisions in this Fourth Restatement." Forward to Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, at XIII (2018).

The Restatement of the Law, Third: Foreign Relations Law of the United States "is a comprehensive revision of the Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States which The American Law Institute published in 1965. Although this revision is somewhat different in style, covers many more subjects, and reflects important developments in the intervening decades, it stands on the shoulders of the previous Restatement." Introduction to Restatement (Third) of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, at 3 (1987).

For more information on superseded status, see the publication page at www.ali.org or contact the American Law Institute.

Parallel Tables

To help researchers navigate between the different Restatement series, ALI includes "parallel tables", found before the index of most Restatement subjects. These tables show corresponding section numbers between two series of Restatements. Some parallel tables may connect section numbers of the final Restatement with one or more earlier drafts. When using these parallel tables to find where an older series (or draft) section is located in a newer series, be sure to check all volumes of the current series - the parallel tables only point to the sections found in that particular volume.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of of Restatement (Fourth) Foreign Relations Law show corresponding Restatement (Fourth) Foreign Relations Law, Restatement (Third) Foreign Relations Law, and Restatement (Fourth) Foreign Relations Law Tentative Draft section numbers.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of volume 2 of Restatement (Third) Foreign Relations Law show corresponding Restatement (Third) Foreign Relations Law, Restatement (Second) Foreign Relations Law, and Restatement (Third) Foreign Relations Law Tentative Draft section numbers.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of the Restatement (Second) Foreign Relations Law show corresponding Restatement (Second) Foreign Relations Law, and Restatement (Second) Foreign Relations Law Proposed Official Draft section numbers.

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