Emory International Law Review


S. Ernie Walton


In his article, Professor Walton addresses international law in the United States and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's judicial philosophy. Chief Justice John Roberts has penned majority opinions in several landmark cases directly addressing important international law issues. Professor Walton provides an overview of five international law issues in the United States and provides an update on the current status of these issues under Chief Justice Roberts. The Article ultimately concludes that Chief Justice Roberts is a prudentialist, a judge who holds fast to 'the conviction that federal judges must cultivate the virtues of modesty and humility, staying true to their constitutional duty to interpret the law while fending off whenever possible the temptation to intrude upon the proper provinces of other public and private institutions.'