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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