NEW WORLD ORDER IN THE COURT: Justice Nominee Kagan Shows Partiality for Foreign Law (Guest is in EDT)
In the archeological dig that is a background check on a Supreme Court nominee with no judicial experience, those looking to study up on Obama’s choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan have to be resourceful.
It’s not like Kagan is some kind of phantom from nowhere. But, nonetheless, anyone doing his or her homework on this nominee must turn the due-diligence dial up a notch. And for someone like Austin Ruse, Director of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), that means finding her affinity for foreign law a sticking point.
Ruse’s organization has been steeped in United-Nations-centered international social policy debate for nearly the past 15 years, working hard to combat the UN’s inclination to intrude on sovereign nations and, in particular, impose international law that “undermines the family.”
In the case of Kagan, who lacks a judicial record, Ruse finds himself examining another judge—the President of the Supreme Court of Israel, Aharon Barak, for whom Kagan has issued a profusion of praise. What concerns Ruse and many others is Barak’s widespread reputation for being one of the most activist judges on record.
Further increasing the cause for concern are remarks Kagan has made over the years, revealing the likelihood that, as a Supreme Court Justice, she will show a willingness to hold U.S. law under the lens of a global judicial view.
So, what exactly is the concern? What is the potential impact of having someone like Elena Kagan on the highest court in America? Will it align us too closely with a world view? And how might it charge the fight in an organization like Ruse’s C-FAM?
Call Special Guests right away to arrange an interview with Austin Ruse. In the buildup to the Kagan approval proceedings, his perspective will provide an intriguing angle your audience won’t hear anywhere else.
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ABOUT AUSTIN RUSE:
Austin Ruse has headed the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) since shortly after its creation in the summer of 1997. Mr. Ruse has held the title of President since 2000.
Ruse or his team have participated in every major UN social policy negotiation since 1997 including the multi-year negotiations that created the International Criminal Court.
He has briefed members of the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters, as well as briefing White House and National Security Council staff. Ruse has also briefed senior government officials, journalists, Church and non-governmental leaders from around the world.
Austin has appeared on a number of national cable network programs discussing UN and Catholic issues, including news programs on CNN, CBS News, MSNBC and Fox News and has been published in First Things, The Washington Times, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, Human Events and Touchstone, as well as newspapers around the world. He is a biweekly columnist for TheCatholicThing.org and founder of the foreign affairs blog, TheNewSovereigntists.org/
A former foreign affairs commentator for EWTN's weekly news broadcast The World Over, hosted by Raymond Arroyo, Austin also lectures widely on U.N. matters, appearing throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Latin America, the Far East and Europe.
Ruse is a founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and prior to helping found C-FAM, Ruse spent many years in magazine publishing including Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone.
Mr. Ruse is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and is a founding member of the Diplomatic Society of St. Gabriel. He is also a member of Sons of the American Revolution.
Austin holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Missouri, and an Honorary Doctorate from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Mr. Ruse is married to the former Cathleen Cleaver, who is senior legal advisor to the Family Research Council. They have two daughters, Lucy and Gigi. They live in the state of Virginia where Mr. Ruse’s family first arrived from England in the early 1700s.
C-FAM was founded in the summer of 1997 in order to monitor and affect the social policy debate at the United Nations and other international institutions.
C-FAM is a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person.
C-FAM personnel have participated in every major UN social policy debate since 1997 including the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on Disabilities, Cairo 5, Beijing 5 and dozens of others.
C-FAM publishes and promotes scholarships related to the proposition that the UN and other international institutions harm a true understanding of international law and, in the process, undermine the family and other institutions man requires for a just, free and happy life.
C-FAM regularly interfaces with diplomats, policy makers, academics, activists and office holders from around the world.