The Teaching of International Law, 2 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, Supplement II, at 111 (1972)
Let me say in the beginning that I do not take it as my responsibility in this program to describe the teaching of international law in the United States. I would not dare to give my version with my colleague, Professor Stevens, an ex-colleague, Professor McWhinney, and other friends and associates present in the audience. I do not think, either, that I will attempt to make any comparison between what is done in the United States and what is done in England. I had my first training in England, with Professor Brierly, whom I still regard as one of the great men of all time.
I am reminded by Professor McWhinney's emphasis upon languages of an incident that occurred when I was traveling one Christmas to the Association of American Law Schools meeting with friends, including a professor from a great school near New Haven. I asked this friend what he was teaching, and he replied that he was teaching a course in comparative constitutional law to students from other countries. I happened to know that this man did not know any languages, and so I said, "How in the world do you teach a course in comparative constitutional law?" "Well," he said, "it's like this. I teach them the United States Constitution, and they can damn well compare their own!"
Date of Authorship for this Version
McDougal, Myres S., "The Teaching of International Law" (1972). Faculty Scholarship Series. 2571.