American attitudes towards foreign law was initially ambivalent. The same can be said about foreign opinions towards American law. ‘The Court and the world’ looks at the extent the American experience with the operation of the Supreme Court has influenced other countries' and supranational developing political and legal structures and vice versa. No other country has chosen to bestow life tenure on its judges. Another difference is that European courts, for example, tend to observe a norm of unanimity. What is clear, however, is that even though most people know little about the Supreme Court, it occupies a place in the public imagination.