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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 19, 2008


Publication of 2007 Digest of United States Practice in International Law

The Department of State is pleased to announce the publication of the 2007 Digest of United States Practice in International Law, with an introduction by Legal Adviser John B. Bellinger, III. Mr. Bellinger’s introduction and documents related to Digest 2007 are available at www.state.gov/s/l/2007/index.htm.

The Digest traces its history back to an 1877 treatise by John Cadwalader, which was followed by multi-volume encyclopedias covering selected areas of international law. The Digest later came to be known to many as “Whiteman’s” after Marjorie Whiteman, the editor from 1963-1971. Beginning in 1973, the Office of the Legal Adviser published the Digest on an annual basis, changing its focus to documentation current to the year. Although publication was temporarily suspended after 1988, the office resumed publication in 2000 and has since produced volumes covering 1989 through 2007. A cumulative index covering 1989-2006 was published in 2007.

In renewing publication of the Digest, the Office of the Legal Adviser continues its commitment to provide current information and documentation reflecting U.S. practice in various arenas of international legal endeavor. Where original source documents excerpted in the volumes may not otherwise be readily available, the full text is provided on a dedicated web site at: www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm.

The Digest, edited by Sally J. Cummins of the Office of the Legal Adviser, is co-published by Oxford University Press and the International Law Institute. Annual volumes of the Digest for the years 2004-2007, and the cumulative index for 1989-2006, can be purchased from Oxford University Press Order Department, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513, 1-800-445-9714 (phone), 1-919-677-1303 (fax), custserv@oup-usa.org. Volumes covering 1989 through 2003 can be purchased from the International Law Institute, The Foundry Building, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007; contact William Mays, Publications Department, (202) 247-6006 (phone), (202) 247-6010 (fax).

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Released on December 19, 2008

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