At a symposium at Ohio State University held in her honor, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that she “frankly (doesn’t) understand all the brouhaha lately from Congress and even from some of (her) colleagues about referring to foreign law.”

Ginsburg wonders:  “Why shouldn’t we look to the wisdom of a judge from abroad with at least as much ease as we would read a law review article written by a professor?”

The use of foreign decisions in U.S. court cases has been soundly denounced by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and other members of the court.

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