Whittier Law Review
The organizers of this symposium asked me to provide a back- ground for the present status of human rights in the foreign policy of the United States Government. They suggested that I provide a his- tory of the subject, stressing the approach of President Carter. I have written such a history, stressing the United States human rights legis- lation which was not created by President Carter, but which he found already in place when he reached the White House. Rather than recite this historical background, I think it would be more useful to look at three basic questions which might assist students to analyze the situa- tion for themselves. First, why have a United States foreign policy on human rights? Second, how do we determine what that policy is? And third, what can we do about it, once we have identified the policy?
David Weissbrodt, United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights: An Overview, 7 Whittier L. Rev. 697 (1985), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/280.