Melissa A. Waters – Publications

For the most recent list of publications, please see the current CV [view]. 

Selected publications are available for download at [ssrn link].

Forthcoming Scholarship and Works in Progress

  • Death Penalty Entrepreneurs: How the Europeans Are Taking Down the Death Penalty, One Country at a Time (and Why the U.S. Should Care) (a book project exploring the role of transnational norm entrepreneurs, and in particular Council of Europe and European Union institutions, in the worldwide decline of the death penalty and in the emergence of international legal norms prohibiting use of the death penalty)
  • “Creeping Dualism in the U.S. Legal System: Causes, Effects, and Prospects for the Future” (article manuscript)
  • “Diagonal Dialogue I: Reconceptualizing ‘Respectful Consideration’ for the New Dualist Era” (article manuscript)
  • “Diagonal Dialogue II: What Administrative Law Deference Frameworks Can Teach Us About Giving ‘Respectful Consideration’ to International Courts” (article manuscript)

Selected Publications

  • “Judicial Dialogue in Roper: Signaling the Court’s Emergence as a Transnational Legal Actor? (A Response to Mark Tushnet),” The U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: Continuity or Change? (eds. D. Sloss et al.), Cambridge University Press (2011)
  • “International Law as an Interpretive Tool, 1945–2000,” The U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: Continuity or Change? (eds. D. Sloss et al.), Cambridge University Press (2011)
  • “The Attitudes of U.S. Courts Towards International Courts and Tribunals: Is Sanchez-Llamas a Model for Transnational Dialogue?,” The United States and International Courts and Tribunals (ed. C. Romano), Cambridge University Press (2009)
  • “Getting Beyond the Crossfire Phenomenon: A Militant Moderate’s Take on the Role of Foreign Authority in Constitutional Interpretation, 77 Fordham Law Review (2008)

Representative Scholarship

  • “Creeping Monism: The Judicial Trend Toward Interpretive Incorporation of Human Rights Treaties,” 107 Columbia Law Review 628 (2007)
  • “Mediating Norms and Identity: The Role of Transnational Judicial Dialogue in Creating and Enforcing International Law,” 93 Georgetown Law Journal 487 (2005)(cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his concurring opinion in Kansas v. Marsh, 126 S.Ct. 2516 (2006))
  • “On Fire Jumping, Cotton Farming, and Beekeeping: Frank Waters’ Cardinal Rules of Lawyering,” 56 Arkansas Law Review 15 (2003) (In Memoriam Tribute to the Honorable H. Franklin Waters, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas)

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