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The greatest harm from the letter to Iran is in our relations to other countries
"What the letter says is essentially this: The word from the United States, as expressed by its head of state, has no value. We, the United States, should not be trusted. We will not feel bound by our commitments come a change in government. … It warns our other allies to avoid entering into international agreements with us, because we may simply ‘revoke' them. And it provides foreign countries with easy ammunition to justify their own breaches of international obligations.”
— Ralf Michaels, Huffington Post, Throwing Away the Respect of Mankind
Michaels, the Arthur Larson Professor of Law, is an expert in comparative law and conflict of laws. His research focuses mainly on three issues: the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state.