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News Posted on July 21, 2017

Professor Dodge Cited by District Court

Professor William S. Dodge was cited by the district court in United States v. Clark, 2017 WL 3085858 (D. Puerto Rico 2017). The court cited Professor Dodge’s article “Defining and Punishing Offenses Under Treaties,” which he co-authored with Professor Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School. The court relied extensively on their article to hold that treaties are part of the “law of nations” for purposes of the Constitution’s Offenses Clause, concluding that the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (“MDLEA”) was thus a constitutional exercise of Congress’s authority under the clause. The court had previously relied on the same article in United States v. Balbuena-Peguero, 2017 WL 1399696 (D. Puerto Rico 2017).

Professor Dodge is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law. He serves as a Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law: Jurisdiction and as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. He is a co-author of the casebook Transnational Business Problems and a co-editor of International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change, which won the American Society of International Law's 2012 certificate of merit. He has authored more than 50 other publications in books and law reviews.