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Welcome to the CQ Press Supreme Court Collection, a destination for authoritative information and data on cases, justices, and the history and power of the U.S. Supreme Court. Researchers will find the data and tools to answer questions about justices and their opinions and behavior.

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The latest Supreme Court news and analysis from legal affairs expert Kenneth Jost.

Court Wary of Cases with Foreign Policy Implications – February 24, 2021

The Supreme Court plays no formal role in making or applying U.S. foreign policy, but through history the Court has gone to some lengths to limit U.S. courts’ power to hear cases stemming from events in other countries. The Court’s policy, first announced more than two centuries ago in a decision by Chief Justice John Marshall, has been to avoid subjecting foreign countries or foreigners to American courts in order to minimize the risk of creating friction between the United States and other countries. In this Court Report, court expert Kenneth Jost discusses the Court’s consistent stance on opposing U.S. lawsuits involving foreign countries historically and for the foreseeable future.