October 26, 2016
The Hawaii Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and the Pacific Forum were pleased to host a roundtable discussion entitled “The Globe and the Gavel: Judicial Decision-making in the Age of Globalization” on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Carlsmith Ball LLP in Honolulu, Hawaii.
For years, judges and scholars have discussed the role of foreign law in American jurisprudence. For example, in Glossip v. Gross, in considering whether the use of the drug midazolam for lethal injections violates the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution, Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court noted that 95 of 193 members of the United Nations have abolished the death penalty. On the other hand, in his dissenting opinion in Roper v. Simmons, Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court wrote that “the basic premise . . . that American law should conform to the laws of the rest of the world—ought to be rejected out of hand.”
Hon. Richard R. Clifton
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Hon. James S. Burns
Hawai’i Intermediate Court of Appeals
This event was open to the public.