Federal Relations


March 28, 2017

Judge Gorsuch’s Take on International Law

William Estrada, Esq. WILLIAM ESTRADA Director of Federal Relations
Brandt P. Edmonston BRANDT EDMONSTON Deputy Director of Federal Relations

In a recent Senate confirmation hearing, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, took a stand against using international law to interpret the U.S. Constitution.

When asked by Senator Ben Sasse (NE) about citing international law in Supreme Court opinions, Judge Gorsuch responded, “We have our own tradition and our own history. . . . As a general matter, Senator, I would say it’s improper to look abroad when interpreting the Constitution.”

Homeschooling families are well aware of the dangers that international law poses to parental rights and the freedom to self-govern here in the United States—and it appears that Judge Gorsuch is, too.

Home School Legal Defense Association has written many times about how international law and treaties threaten homeschooling families, parental rights, and our freedom to govern ourselves under the Constitution. We appreciate Senator Sasse bringing up this important issue during Judge Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings, and we applaud Judge Gorsuch for his dedication to upholding the Constitution.

Watch the video clip below to hear Judge Gorsuch’s thoughtful and illuminating response.

For more information on HSLDA’s positions regarding international law and treaties, read these articles:

Will Trump Reject These Dangerous UN Treaties?

Farris Criticizes Use of International Law in Supreme Court Decision

Why Does HSLDA Oppose the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child?