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Protecting Immigrant Children by Protecting Their Parents

Feb. 3, 2014—By Sarah Grey McCroskey Sarah Grey’s note, Expanding the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations: Protecting Children by Protecting Their Parents, appears in the current issue of VJTL.  Here, she reflects on why she chose to write on this topic. The summer after my first year of law school, I decided to work for the Tennessee...

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Arguments over cigarette packaging still smoking

Jan. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt Professor Daniel Gervais has co-authored a new article detailing the international legal conflict over Australia’s strict plain packaging requirements for cigarettes. “[W]hile the normative appeal of tobacco control is strong, there is a normative case to be made for getting trademark (and, more broadly, intellectual property) rules right,” writes Gervais and his co-author Susy...

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Optimal Asylum

Jan. 8, 2014—The U.S. asylum system is noble but flawed. Scholars have long recognized that asylum is a “scarce” political resource, but U.S. law persists in distributing access to asylum based on an asylum seeker’s ability to circumvent migration controls rather than the strength of the asylum seeker’s claim for protection. To apply for asylum, an asylum...

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Geography and Justice: Why Prison Location Matters in U.S. and International Theories of Criminal Punishment

Jan. 8, 2014—This Article is the first to analyze prison location and its relationship to U.S. and international theories of criminal punishment. Strangely, scholarly literature overlooks criminal prison designation procedures—the procedures by which a court or other institution designates the prison facility in which a recently convicted individual is to serve his or her sentence. This Article...

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Defending Democracy: A New Understanding of the Party-Banning Phenomenon

Jan. 8, 2014—Recent years have witnessed a growing tendency among established democracies to battle political extremism by banning extremist parties. This Article explores this phenomenon in its wide-ranging international manifestations. The Article aims to challenge the prevalent paradigm underlying the discussion of party banning and to introduce a new paradigm for conceptualizing the party-banning phenomenon in its...

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Plain Packaging and the Interpretation of the TRIPS Agreement

Jan. 8, 2014—Plain packaging of cigarettes as a way of reducing tobacco consumption and its related health costs and effects raises a number of international trade law issues. The plain packaging measures adopted in Australia impose strict format requirements on word trademarks (such as Marlboro or Camel) and ban the use of figurative marks (colors, logos, etc.)....

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Ninth Circuit cites VJTL in Sea Shepherd case

Jan. 7, 2014—Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit cited VJTL in his opinion in Institute of Cetacean Research v. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.  In the case, the court upheld an injunction against Sea Shepherd and ruled that the lower court erred when it dismissed the Institute’s piracy claims against the anti-whaling activist group. Judge Kozinski used...

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Cognitive Conflicts and the Making of International Law: From Empirical Concord to Conceptual Discord in Legal Scholarship

Nov. 8, 2013—It has long been claimed that international lawmaking has grown pluralized in the sense that it has allegedly moved away from the traditional Westphalian and state-centric model of lawmaking.  New processes outside traditional diplomatic channels and involving non-state actors are said to qualify as lawmaking, and the products thereof have come to be ascertainable as...

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Reverse-Rhetorical Entrapment: Naming and Shaming as a Two-Way Street

Nov. 8, 2013—This Article argues that, rather than being mere targets, governments can and do engage in “reverse rhetorical entrapment,” thus shaping the strategies of human rights organizations.  Specifically, justifications for egregious conduct—at least when made by powerful governments—may draw human rights advocates into consequentialist debates about the utility of specific rights-violating practices. Using the case of...

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Lawyers and Precedent

Nov. 8, 2013—Any account of international law that does not explain the role of lawyers will necessarily be deficient. This is particularly the case with regard to the mysterious power of precedent in international law. Regardless of precedent’s formal role in international law, lawyers and judges regularly invoke it, respond to it, and cite it as authority....

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The Journal is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Board of Editors. View the complete masthead here.

Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Michael A. Newton’s 2016 VJTL Article entitled How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms  was cited by the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s November 2017 filing seeking investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

May 2018 Issue on the Second Israel Defense Forces International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict. Read more about the Journal’s May 2018 issue here.

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