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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!"
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