Published on December 10, 2012 | by LawNews
Prof. Julian Ku Posts on NYTimes.com: GOP Senators Right in Theory But Wrong on Facts in Opposing UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
Professor Julian Ku posted a piece on NYTimes.com entitled “A Bigger Concern is the Law of the Seas Treaty.” In the piece, Professor Ku argues that senators who opposed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities actually fought the wrong treaty if their goal was to protect U.S. sovereignty. Ku notes that the effects of the George W. Bush negotiated treaty regarding the disabled on U.S. law would be virtually nil, as the compact was not self-executing and had safeguards to protect inconsistent rules made at the state, local, and individual levels. Ku goes on to further argue that the correct target for senators who have a suspicion of international compacts which yield some decision-making power to international tribunals would have been the Law of the Seas Treaty, which does give international bureaucrats the opportunity to constrain U.S. maritime activities.
The entire posting can be accessed here.