“Of course it cannot be expected that the whole body of any people will study international law; but a sufficient number can readily become sufficiently familiar with it to lead and form public opinion in every community in our country upon all important international questions as they arise.”
Elihu Root, The Need of Popular Understanding of International Law, 1 AJIL 1, 3
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