Does the ICJ's Decision in Avena Really Mean Anything to Mexicans on Death Row?


This article assesses the legality of President Bush's order to state courts that they review the convictions and sentences of certain Mexican nationals on death row in response to the ICJ's decision that the rights of these inmates had been violated. The article also discusses the review process and makes a proposal to ensure that the ICJ's mandate is carried out. Finally, there is a discussion as to the importance of these cases to both the U.S. and Mexico.


Constitutional Law | International Law

Date of this Version

October 2005