Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and an expert on constitutional and international law. He also writes and lectures frequently about the Arab-Israel conflict.
His academic work has been published in top law reviews, and relied on in historic judicial opinions in the U.S. and abroad. He has also advised the U.S. and Israel governments on international legal challenges. He has been honored with a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Bator Award from the Federalist Society, for leading professors under 40.
After law school at the University of Chicago, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Canada witnessed a tempest in a wine bottle this week over the labeling of wines from Israeli settlements. Canada's decision to repeal its very short-lived ban on "Made in Israel" labels for such goods should give impetus to the Trump administration to reexamine its labeling policy, a legacy of the Clinton and Obama eras.
Nothing in the ill-tempered tweets reveals any hint of anti-Muslim bigotry, which is the essence of the case against his immigration policies. Indeed, by distancing him from the current executive order, he may actually help defend it in court.
The Paris agreement has features that prevent it from being labeled an executive agreement that the president can conclude without the Senate. Indeed, the real American exceptionalism related to the treaty is Obama's not seeking domestic legislative approval, as other countries did.
As president, Washington not only supervised his real estate business, but also contacted foreigners with government ties to help him. This sheds some light on arguments that the Trump Organization's hotel business violates the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause.