2021 Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law Published

Hyemin Han
Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 1:57 PM

The 800-page report collates the views and practices of the United States in public and private international law from the past year.

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On Aug. 30, the United States State Department Office of the Legal Adviser released its annual digest providing a record of the U.S. government’s activities in public and private international law. The 800-page report collates U.S. views and practices on a range of international legal issues from the past year, from its interactions with global frameworks such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to its unveiling of a new option to choose “gender non-binary” on U.S. passports to an overview of U.S. application of sanctions against state and non-state entities. 

Below is an overview of the legal topics covered and the pages where they can be found. You can read the full report here or at the bottom of this page.

  • Chapter 1: Nationality, Citizenship, and Immigration (pp. 1-53)
  • Chapter 2: Consular and Judicial Assistance (pp. 54-71)
  • Chapter 3: International Criminal law (pp. 72-134)
  • Chapter 4: Treaty Affairs (pp. 135-141)
  • Chapter 5: Foreign Relations (pp. 142-159)
  • Chapter 6: Human Rights (pp. 160-256)
  • Chapter 7: International Organizations (pp. 283-353)
  • Chapter 8: International Claims and State Responsibility (pp. 327-330)
  • Chapter 9: Diplomatic Relations, Successions, Continuity of States (pp. 331-377)
  • Chapter 10: Privileges and Immunities (pp. 378-442)
  • Chapter 11: Trade, Commercial Relations, Investment, and Transportation (pp. 443-493)
  • Chapter 12: Territorial Regimes and Related Issues (pp. 494-526)
  • Chapter 13: Environment and Other Transnational Scientific Issues (pp. 527-571)
  • Chapter 14: Educational and Cultural Issues (pp. 572-578)
  • Chapter 15: Private International Law (pp. 579-596)
  • Chapter 16: Sanctions, Export Controls, and Certain Other Restrictions (pp. 596-702)
  • Chapter 17: International Conflict Resolution and Avoidance (pp. 703-739)
  • Chapter 18: Use of Force (pp. 740-808)
  • Chapter 19: Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation (pp. 809-823)


Hyemin Han is an associate editor of Lawfare and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked in eviction defense and has interned on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She holds a BA in government from Dartmouth College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth independent daily.

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