Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Sanja Djajic


The relationship between international and municipal law is complex and continually developing. One way to analyze this issue is to observe the interaction between domestic courts and the International Court of Justice. These two types of courts may entertain identical claims.

This article analyzes whether there is any correlation between the two types of courts, and the character of this correlation if there is one. Through an examination of Breard v. Greene, this article will examine the attitudes of United States courts toward the enforceability and the legally binding character of International Court of Justice decisions. This article will also discuss the hierarchy between the judicial decisions and the questionable power of municipal courts to examine the validity and substance of international decisions.