"'This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast - man's laws, not God's - and if you cut them down .. .do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow?' " Perhaps a more timely version of Sir Thomas More's question might ask, "How much of the forest must be felled to keep intact the might of the Western powers?" The International Court of Justice (ICJ) recently demonstrated the insignificance of one more type of tree - international conventions - by declaring them subordinate to the orders of the United Nations Security Council (UN). Cloaked in the name of justice, this announcement came after the United States and Britain asserted their UN clout in an attempt to compel Libya to extradite two nationals indicted for the 1988 Lockerbie Tragedy.
Barbara A. Timmeney, International-Extraterritorial Jurisdiction-The Lockerbie Tragedy: Will Western Clout or International Convention Win the Extradition War?, 11 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 477 (1993).