The Logan Act Today

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Recent developments have lead to the Logan Act resurfacing in the news. The Act was enacted in 1799 and prohibits unathorized persons from engaging in negotiations with foreign state officals. It has never been used to successfully prosecute anyone in the United States, though prosecution was attempted twice, in 1803 and 1852, before charges were dropped. How should the Logan Act be viewed today?


Prof. Michael D. Ramsey, Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law


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