David L. Sloss

Professor of Law

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Professor Sloss is an internationally renowned scholar who has published two books and numerous law review articles addressing the application of international law in domestic courts. His scholarship in this area is informed by a decade of experience in the federal government, where he helped draft and negotiate several major international treaties. Professor Sloss serves frequently as a consultant for U.S. attorneys who seek advice on the domestic application of international law in U.S. courts.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty, Professor Sloss taught for nine years at Saint Louis University School of Law. Before Sloss started his teaching career, he worked as a litigation associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and clerked for Senior Judge Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, San Francisco. He also worked for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nine years before he attended law school. During that time Sloss helped draft and negotiate three major East-West arms control treaties.

Education

J.D., Stanford University, 1996

M.P.P., Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1983

B.A., Hampshire College, 1981

Areas of Specialization

International Law, International Human Rights, Treaties, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Nuclear Proliferation

Affiliations and Honors

  • American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit “for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars,” awarded for a book on the history of international law in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Law Institute (since 2013)
  • Member, International Law Association (since 2008)
  • Member, American Society of International Law (since 1999)
  • Member, American Bar Association (since 1999)
  • Member, State Bar of California (admitted 1997)

Bibliography

Books

International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change edited with Ramsey and Dodge. Cambridge University Press (2011) | Link to Library Catalog

The Role of Domestic Courts in Treaty Enforcement: A Comparative Study. Cambridge University Press (2009) | Link to Library Catalog

Chapters

Domestic Application of Treaties in The Oxford Guide to Treaties. Hollis, editor. Oxford University Press (2012) | Link to Library Catalog

International Law in the Supreme Court to 1860 with Ramsey and Dodge in International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change. Sloss, Ramsey, and Dodge, editors. Cambridge University Press (2011) | Link to Library Catalog

Response Essay - Medellin and the Passive Vices in International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change. Sloss, Ramsey, and Dodge, editors. Cambridge University Press (2011) | Link to Library Catalog

Continuity and Change over Two Centuries with Ramsey and Dodge in International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change. Sloss, Ramsey, and Dodge, editors. Cambridge University Press (2011) | Link to Library Catalog

International Law As an Interpretive Tool in the Supreme Court, 1861-1900 with Lee in International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change. Sloss, Ramsey and Dodge, editors. Cambridge University Press (2011) | Link to Library Catalog

Treaty Enforcement in Domestic Courts: A Comparative Analysis in The Role of Domestic Courts in Treaty Enforcement: A Comparative Study. Sloss, editor. Cambridge University Press (2009) | Link to Library Catalog

United States in The Role of Domestic Courts in Treaty Enforcement: A Comparative Study. Sloss, editor. Cambridge University Press (2009)

Verifying a Ban on Production of Fissile Materials for Nuclear Weapons in Challenges in Arms Control for the 1990s. Brown, editor. VU University Press (1992) | Link to Library Catalog

Articles

Executing Foster v. Neilson: The Two-Step Approach to Analyzing Self-Executing Treaties, 53 Harvard International Law Journal 135-188 (2012) | Link to Digital Commons

Legislating Human Rights: The Case for Federal Legislation to Facilitate Domestic Judicial Application of International Human Rights Treaties, (Human Rights in the Obama Administration: A Stein Center & Leitner Center Colloquium), 35 Fordham International Law Journal 445-487 (2012) | Link to Digital Commons

The Constitutional Right to a Treaty Preemption Defense, (The Ex Parte Young Symposium: A Centennial Recognition), 40 University of Toledo Law Review 971-997 (2009) | Link to Digital Commons

Place Matters (Most): An Empirical Study of Prosecutorial Decision-Making in Death-Eligible Cases, with Barnes and Thaman, 51 Arizona Law Review 305-379 (2009) | Link to Digital Commons

Judicial Foreign Policy: Lessons from the 1790s, (The Use and Misuse of History in U.S. Foreign Relations Law), 53 Saint Louis University Law Journal 145-196 (2008) | Link to Digital Commons

Judicial Deference to Executive Branch Treaty Interpretations: A Historical Perspective, (Constitutional Implications of the War on Terror), 62 New York University Annual Survey of American Law 497-523 (2007) | Link to Digital Commons

Schizophrenic Treaty Law, 43 Texas International Law Journal 15-27 (2007) | Link to Digital Commons

When Do Treaties Create Individually Enforceable Rights?: The Supreme Court Ducks the Issue in Hamdan and Sanchez-Llamas, 45 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 20-113 (2006) | Link to Digital Commons

Using International Law to Enhance Democracy, 47 Virginia Journal of International Law 1-61 (2006) | Link to Digital Commons

Is the President Bound by the Geneva Conventions?, with Jinks, 90 Cornell Law Review 97-202 (2004) | Link to Digital Commons

Constitutional Remedies for Statutory Violations, 89 Iowa Law Review 355-441 (2004) | Link to Digital Commons

Availability of U.S. Courts to Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base - Reach of Habeas Corpus - Executive Power in War on Terror (Rasul v. Bush), 98 American Journal of International Law 788-798 (2004) | Link to Digital Commons

International Agreements and the Political Safeguards of Federalism, 55 Stanford Law Review 1963-1997 (2003) | Link to Digital Commons

Forcible Arms Control: Preemptive Attacks on Nuclear Facilities, 4 Chicago Journal of International Law 39-57 (2003) | Link to Digital Commons

Human Rights - Transnational Abductions - Extraterritorial Application of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - Non-Self-Executing Treaties: United States v. Duarte-Acero, 296 F. 3d 1277, cert. denied, 123 S. Ct. 573, 97 American Journal of International Law 411-418 (2003) | Link to Digital Commons

Using Reeves to Teach Summary Judgment, (Teaching Important Civil Procedure Concepts), 47 Saint Louis University Law Journal 127-137 (2003) | Link to Digital Commons

Non-Self-Executing Treaties: Exposing a Constitutional Fallacy, 36 U.C. Davis Law Review 1-84 (2002) | Link to Full Text

Using International Court of Justice Advisory Opinions to Adjudicate Secessionist Claims, 42 Santa Clara Law Review 357-389 (2002) | Link to Digital Commons

Hard-Nosed Idealism and U.S. Human Rights Policy, 46 Saint Louis University Law Journal 431-448 (2002) | Link to Digital Commons

Ex Parte Young and Federal Remedies for Human Rights Treaty Violations, 75 Washington Law Review 1103-1203 (2000) | Link to Digital Commons

The Domestication of International Human Rights: Non-Self-Executing Declarations and Human Rights Treaties, 24 Yale Journal of International Law 129-221 (1999) | Link to Digital Commons

The Right to Choose How to Die: A Constitutional Analysis of State Laws Prohibiting Physician-Assisted Suicide, 48 Stanford Law Review 937-973 (1996) | Link to Digital Commons

It's Not Broken, So Don't Fix It: The International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards System and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, 35 Virginia Journal of International Law 841-893 (1995) | Link to Digital Commons

Book Reviews

Do International Norms Influence State Behavior?, (review of The Limits of International Law), 38 George Washington International Law Review 159-207 (2006) | Link to Digital Commons | Link to Library Catalog

Other Articles

The Practice of Law in an Era of Globalization, 15 Santa Clara Law 29 (Summer 2009) (The cover on the web page is labeled Summer 2009. However the pages are labeled Spring 2009.) | Link to Full Text

Foreword, (Symposium: The Use and Misuse of History in U.S. Foreign Relations Law), 53 St. Louis University Law Journal 1-3 (2008) | Link to Full Text

Self-Executing Treaties and Domestic Judicial Remedies, (panel discussion), 98 American Society of International Law Proceedings 346 - 348 (2004) | Link to Digital Commons