@FT I also have fun with the Attorney General's Panel and the role of Treasury Counsel - two taboos that will irk many at the Bar that they are questioned or even mentioned
"There may be obvious faults with US system of appointing Supreme Court judges and federal judges generally, but main difference between that and the English approach to the politics of the judiciary is that the Americans are open about the relationship, and the English are not."
The suggestion that a sovereign state cannot be sovereign when it is party to a treaty is inherently absurd, as the modern notion of a sovereign state is that it is a state capable of entering into a treaty
To say that being party to a treaty negates being a sovereign state is to, well, be ignorant of four hundred years of history, law and diplomacy
Even the EU, which can in certain circumstances also be a party to certain international agreements, can only do so because of the prior terms of the two treaties of EU between the 27 sovereign member states
Being able to freely enter into treaties is what sovereign states *do*