Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Wyoming Meets International Law

One of the things I've grown to love about blogging are the random little stories you come across on the internet that you would have never found before. This amusing account of Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi's town meeting back at home in Casper, Wyoming that should remind high-minded international lawyers that international institutions aren't all that popular back (literally) on the ranch. Among the questions posed to Sen. Enzi by his constituents:

Judy McCullough of the Powder River Basin Resource Council asked if Congress would be voting to remain in the World Trade Organization, because she heard that the renewal comes up every five years.

The WTO, she said, overrides the U.S. Constitution.

Likewise Maureen Emrich asked about the Law of the Sea Treaty, which she said would turn over U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations.

Maybe this little exchange goes some of the way toward explaining to baffled foreigners some of the more anti-internationalist tendencies of U.S. foreign policy?

2 Comments:

Blogger ~dpa said...

Julian,

I was hoping that you would be able to point me in the direction of a dataset. I am looking for something that has country membership in international organizations.... any ideas? I've really enjoyed your blog, please keep up the good work.

2/23/2005 1:41 AM  
Blogger Julian Ku said...

sorry, I can't think of a good database offhand. Maybe there is one here?

http://www.eisil.org/index.php?sid=927337681&t=sub_pages&cat=15

2/24/2005 1:37 AM  

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