A Whale of a Quote

Roger Alford shares with us his list of the “Quotable Quotes from the Fordham Law Review Symposium on International Law and The Constitution: Terms of Engagement.”

There are several good ones, but this one from Yale Law Dean Harold Koh stands out:

I recently was talking with a Senator who said to me, “Professor, we didn’t ask the terrorists to sign the Geneva Conventions. How can you expect us to abide by commitments that they don’t adhere to?” To which I replied, “Yes, and we didn’t ask the whales to sign the Whaling Convention either. We sign these treaties to protect us from ourselves, not from them.”

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3 Responses to A Whale of a Quote

  1. Vctn Hms says:

    Interesting quote. This does make you think. It’s easy to want to treat others the way you expect to be treated.

  2. Mojo says:

    We must hunt the whales there so we don’t have to fight them here.

  3. Interesting quotes in that link…

    “Well I’m not a law professor but I play one on TV.” Marty Lederman

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