October 6, 2018

John Kerry and the Logan Act

OUPblog - The Logan Act won’t go away. Most recently, prominent commentators criticized former Secretary of State John Kerry’s conversations with the leaders of Iran, arguing that such discussions violated the Logan Act.

As a matter of policy, Secretary Kerry’s meetings in Tehran were inappropriate. The Obama-Kerry approach to Iran looks worse every day. But this should be a topic of political debate, not of criminal law. In a world of instantaneous global communications, the Logan Act is an unworkable anachronism which should be repealed.

Read Professor Zelinsky's op-ed in OUPblog.