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Oklahoma’s Anti-Sharia and Other Antitransnational Law Proposals

A Backgrounder for Domestic Human Rights Advocates

By Martha F. Davis & Emily Abraham

Many state legislatures have recently considered limits on state court judges’ use of transnational law (foreign or international law). Several such efforts specifically targeted Sharia. Oklahoma voters took the most extreme action when they approved a constitutional amendment to ban state courts from even considering transnational law. These developments threaten judicial independence and may have strategic and ethical implications for human rights advocates.

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