William J. Watkins Jr.

William J. Watkins Jr., is a research fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy (Palgrave).

Judicial Supremacy Exposed


The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review , by Larry D. Kramer (Oxford University Press, 363 pages, $29.95) Reviewed by William J. Watkins, Jr. JUDICIAL SUPREMACY IS THE gospel of modern American constitutional law. It is the doctrine that the Supreme Court has the last word on most of the country’s important issues from […]

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Keep U.N. Justice Out of the U.S.


The United Nations’ International Court of Justice ( ICJ) recently issued a decision in Avena (Mexico v. United States). According to the ICJ, certain provisions of U.S. criminal law violate the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and thus U.S. law must be revised to comply with the treaty. Although the changes demanded by the ICJ […]

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