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Vatican lawyer: defending a tiny nation-state in US courts

June 04, 2010

Jeffrey Lena-- the American lawyer representing the Vatican in a Kentucky lawsuit that seeks to list Pope Benedict as a defender-- sees himself as a spokesman for the legal rights of small nation-states, notes John Allen:

Though Lena wouldn’t use this language, what’s really at stake in the Vatican lawsuits, from this point of view, is what diplomats often call a choice between the “force of law” and the “law of force” in relations among states. In other words, should nations which lack significant military and economic muscle be subject to the dictates of superpowers?


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 05, 2010 11:59 AM ET USA

    Sounds like a one-way street. Would the Vatican have standing to sue in U.S. Courts and name "the United States" as defendant?