According to the NYT–
Judges around the world have long looked to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court for guidance, citing and often following them in hundreds of their own rulings since the Second World War. But now American legal influence is waning. Even as a debate continues in the court over whether its decisions should ever cite foreign law, a diminishing number of foreign courts seem to pay attention to the writings of American justices.
The story is similar around the globe, legal experts say, particularly in cases involving human rights. These days, foreign courts in developed democracies often cite the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in cases concerning equality, liberty and prohibitions against cruel treatment, said Harold Hongju Koh, the dean of the Yale Law School. In those areas, Dean Koh said, “they tend not to look to the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Another reason is the diminished reputation of the United States in some parts of the world, which experts here and abroad said is in part a consequence of the Bush administration’s unpopularity abroad.
Err, no. They are not cited, because they endorse criminal actions, which is y’know sort of like the opposite of what courts sort of are meant to do, is that too complex a concept for the ‘post 911 mindest’? Whether it’s a war of aggression, surveillance, retroactive immunity for corporations or TORTURE. The US courts are utterly corrupted, no it’s not friggin’ Bush’s rep, it is because it is a criminal regime running a brutal empire cancerous with insularist nationalism, and soft soaping it for the Homeland’s audience ain’t gonna help.