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For over 150 years, the principle of comity has played a crucial role in American legal jurisprudence in the arena of international law. Comity is the "practice among political entities (as nations, states, or courts of different jurisdictions), involving . . . mutual recognition of legislative, executive, and judicial acts." At the highest level of generality, comity encourages international judicial courtesy and respect for foreign legal values. With regard to interstate relations, it hasdoi:10.5195/lawreview.2008.100 fatcat:7grsiiohvbcmlmixf6zv6oh5fy